Living Newspaper Edition 7: The Last Word Announced, Written by Writers Aged 14-21

Published on Thu 15 Apr 2021

Edition 7: The Last Word, the final instalment of the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper, was announced today.

Edition 7: The Last Word is written by a group of writers aged 14-21 who have been working together online since June 2020. This final edition of Living Newspaper explores the fear and anticipation of 21 June, a world where the stars talk in Morse code, the difference between people online and IRL, the effects of class on love, and what it means to say goodbye to those friends you only have for the summer.

What does it mean to count your life in years and lose one? What happens when you reemerge into the ‘real’ world and find there are still fights to be won?

This is the time to listen to writers who haven’t been heard before.

The writers for Edition 7 are Blessing Adetunji, Fatima Kazmi, Tyreke Leslie, Naomi Lundie-Smith, Sam Pickering, Taichi Shinokubo and Ruby Stokes.

Edition 7 starts Monday 26 April 2021, book tickets here.

The Living Newspaper experience is exclusively for an online audience at home. Each weekly online edition is sent to ticket holders over five days – with new content shared daily including local perspectives, longer form pieces, a dating column, and more.

A different creative team, led by writers, take over the Royal Court Theatre to stage the new work each week which will be captured by Tea Films and shared with audiences at home.

New performances can be watched Monday – Friday of that Edition’s week, and all pieces will be available to watch over that weekend and the following week, allowing ticket holders to access the work much like they might an online paper – catching up on the news and supplements when it best suits them.

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Living Newspaper is designed by Shankho Chaudhuri, Debbie Duru, Cara Evans, Sandra Falase, Zoë Hurwitz and Chloe Lamford who have been working as a Design Collective since mid 2020. Together they have radically imagined the Royal Court’s spaces for the project. Each edition is overseen by one of the Design Collective, with Shankho Chaudhuri and Zoë Hurwitz leading on Edition 7.

The lighting designer for Edition 7 is Jessica Hung Han Yun, the composer is Renell Shaw, the sound designers are Helen Atkinson and Tony Gayle, and the movement director is Yami Löfvenberg.

Facilitators for Edition 7 include Vicky Featherstone, Jasmyn Fisher-Ryner, Romana Flello, Ellie Fulcher, Ellie Horne, Ola Ince, Myah Jeffers, Philip Morris, Hamish Pirie and Vishni Velada-Billson.

Edition 7 will be released from Monday 26 April 2021 with a live streamed performance of The Front Page at 5.30pm, and will then be available to watch for two weeks until Sunday 9 May 2021.

For the full press release, click here.