Natives is a rallying cry to a generation of unlikely heroes that celebrates coming of age online in a chaotic world, following three teenagers over three countries on a life-altering day. PG Cert: Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism course leader Glenn Waldron wrote the play which opens 29 March at Southwark Playhouse and will run until 22 April.
“Where are the grown-ups to do something, where are the ground-ups in this story?” the play asks. The story revolves around a young man battling with feelings of love and violence. Another is stuck with the image of someone being pushed from a rooftop. And a girl must choose between her friends and her conscience.
Glenn, the former editor of i-D and journalist, wrote his first play Forever House which premiered at The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth and his work have since been performed in Germany, Norway, Holland, and America. Natives will be his first play to premiere in London.
We spoke to Glenn ahead of the opening night to hear his thoughts on his first premiere in London. He told us:
I’m really excited to be opening Natives at Southwark Playhouse. It’s my first play in London and it feels like a really good time to be presenting these stories. It’s got an incredible cast and creative team behind it and the whole thing should feel exciting, unexpected, challenging and very fun – all the things I want theatre to be basically!
Boundless Theatre’s Rob Drummer is the Director of the play, which features a cast of talented emerging actors like Ella Purnell, Manish Gandhi and Fionn Whitehead (star of the upcoming Dunkirk drama by Christopher Nolan).
The play puts the three actors on stage as their characters evolve into powerful teenagers in a chaotic digital world. Glenn used his media and journalism background to create a dynamic narrative and backdrop for the play.
Glenn and Southwark Playhouse are offering a 15% discount for the opening week of the play, enter the code NATIVES15 at the checkout.
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