Eltham Hill - Shine


Eltham Hill – Shine is a series of monologues written by girls from Eltham Hill School. Each monologue was developed through a 10 week project lead by Young Court where students worked with playwrights Somalia Seaton, Zella Compton, Matilda Ibini and Emma Dennis-Edwards to learn about writing for theatre.

Fifteen of the students’ monologues have been made into short films to coincide with the broadcast of Snatches: Moments from 100 Years of Women’s Lives, a short film series of monologues written and performed by women, curated by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone in collaboration with BBC Four.

Royal Court Associate Director Lucy Morrison and actors Tia Bannon, Jessica Kennedy and Rohan Nedd, had two hours to read through the monologues and talk to the writers before performing each to camera, script-in-hand.

‘I have learnt to take responsibility and to share what I used to think was ‘embarrassing’. I think that SHINE should keep shining because it is the best and safest space I have ever been in and without it I think that girls will not be able to find a part of them that is not shown. A quote that sums up SHINE for me is ‘Live your life not your past.’‘ – Participant in Shine Project