Please note, this event is only bookable in person via Box Office between 7 - 11 December.
Three new audio plays from the company that brought you Shook. The three winners of the 2021 Papatango Prize are presented in a unique audio format. This year's Prize received a phenomenal standard of entries. Selected from 1,410 entries in a reimagined iteration of the annual awards in partnership with ETT (English Touring Theatre), these three audio productions will play from free listening stations or via a QR code in theatres across the UK, with copies of the scripts including braille translations available.
Just come along to the SJT, pay a £5 refundable deposit (it would help us if you can pay cash) for a tablet and headphones at the box office (devices and headphones will be sanitised between each use), find a comfy spot (we suggest the sofas near our shop, or perhaps a coffee at Eat Me Café) and listen in to one, two or all three new plays!
Alternatively, you can scan the QR code which you’ll find on posters in the foyer, and listen on your own device when you get home. Look out, too, for the QR code on posters in other venues around town.
These three new plays were first presented in October 2021 at the Bush Theatre, London before embarking on a UK tour. They are published digitally by Nick Hern Books.
Some Of Us Exist In The Future
by Nkenna Akunna
Chiamaka is new to all this. Fresh off the plane from the UK, she's new to Brooklyn and its extremes. She's new to queer dating, to the realities of being an immigrant. Most of all, she's new to the voices of the gods...
Utterly original, wryly funny and always gripping, Some Of Us Exist In The Future
follows one woman’s journey to finding her place in a world that’s not all it seems.
★★★★ “Emotionally rewarding, refreshing and relevant all at once.”
West End Best FriendCast
Black Masc - Oseloka Obi
Neighbour/You - babirye bukilwa
Chiamaka – Rachel Nwokoro
Isata – Funmi James
Coe - Florian Clare Creative Team
Writer - Nkenna Akunna
Director - Rasheka Christie-Carter
Composer and Sound Designer - Xana
Estimated running time: 65 minutes
Age guidance: 14+
Content warnings: References to drug use, discussions of mental illness, racism and homophobia, and some strong language.
The Silence and The Noise
by Tom Powell
Every teenager knows what it’s like to be stuck between things: childhood and maturity, innocence and experience, hope for the future and uncertainty about what that will be. But Daize is torn between even greater challenges: her love for her vulnerable mother and her dangerous friendship with Ant. An outsider with knockout trainers, Ant has just appeared on her doorstep, bringing with him a whole world of trouble.
The Silence and The Noise beautifully captures the story of two young people on the edge.
“A modest masterpiece.”
Daize - Shakira Riddell-Morales
Ant - Aldous Ciokajlo-Squire
Director - George Turvey
Composer and Sound Designer - Asaf Zohar
Estimated running time at point of going to print: 45 minutes.
Age guidance: 14+
Content warnings: Strong language, with some references to violence, drug use and domestic abuse.
Ghost Stories From An Old Country
by Tajinder Singh Hayer
Dalvir has always told a good ghost story, properly unsettling, dark tales to send a chill right through his younger brother Amar. But now Dalvir’s almost a ghost himself, cloistered and secretive. Amar desperately wants to reconnect with the only family he has left, but can he unravel Dalvir’s stories to find a way back to his brother?
Threaded through with captivating fables, Ghost Stories From An Old Country is a riveting and poignant exploration of the ties that bind us.
"A deep and moving exploration of brotherhood."
Amar - Shane Zaza
Paula - Rebecca Crankshaw
Dal - Raj Ghatak
Director - Jessica Lazar
Composer and Sound Designer - Farokh Soltani
Estimated running time: 55 minutes.
Age guidance: 12+
Content warnings: Discussions of mental illness, suicide, therapy, and loss.