23rd February 2022
These readings mark the culmination of the work that John Tiffany and Open Court have been doing with Chelsea Academy since 2019, when we began working with the schools Year 9 GCSE class. Led by John, each student worked towards creating a ten-page short play that would be performed at the Royal Court Theatre in 2020. Unfortunately, this was not possible due to COVID, although our work with the class continued online.
In 2022 the group are now in their final GCSE year and fast approaching the end of their time at Chelsea Academy. As schools re-opened last year we continued working with the group, developing their writing. These readings are about finding an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant work the group have engaged with over the past 3 years, and to hear their plays performed before they leave the school this summer.
The 12 students have now produced 12 scripts each of between 5-10 mins long. John Tiffany will direct a company of 8 actors reading these scripts in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.
The plays will be performed in front of a live audience of the students, their families and teaching staff.