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By Edie Edmundson and Meaningful Heap
‘Nothing matters, I’ve known that for a long time. So nothing is worth doing, I’ve just realised that.’
So said a schoolboy, walking out of the classroom to sit in a tree and get used to being part of the nothing. This is the story of his classmates’ attempt to build him a Heap of Meaning so they can prove that stuff matters. Because it does… doesn’t it?
Based on Yanne Teller’s controversial YA novel, this project uses shadow puppetry and live foley sound to ask how we find what really matters to us, and what happens when we start looking a bit too hard…
By Veronica Beatrice Lewis
Directed by Ebe Bamgboye
This once over adapted piece by Andrew Upton at National Theatre explored a 1800s intense, Russian political backdrop and the Soviet Union. Today it explores a similarly hard political reality within the social constructs of a Black British Nigerian family. They must have the best. They must be the best. They must survive.
By Beth Watson
In 2001 Section 28 meant “lesbian” was a most often heard as an insult, but in Brighton “dyke” could be a badge of honour. After weathering years of homophobic insults, Beth starts to notice that boys ARE quite appealing after all… What’s the word for this?
Hasbian: noun a former lesbian who has “become” heterosexual or bisexual.
Hasbian uses teenage diaries, teen-movie celebrities, and music from 2001-5 to tell the story of an unusual sexual awakening. Dripping in equal measures with heartfelt earnestness, cynical irony, and the comedy that bubbles up in the place between youthful confidence and pubescent self-loathing.
Oil on Canvas
By Josephine Starte
Scott and Amy are in the new house. There’s a painting in the living room. The painting is ruining everything.