County Lines Tour 2022

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A NEW PLAY BY YOUNG, IPSWICH-BASED WRITER MARTHA LOADER, MENTORED BY OLIVIER AWARD WINNING PLAYWRIGHT, LUCY KIRKWOOD – ALSO BASED IN EAST ANGLIA –  PERFORMED AT THE INK FESTIVAL 2022 FOLLOWED BY A TOUR OF SUFFOLK & NORFOLK SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES DURING THE 2022 SUMMER TERM.

The 35-minute play explores the issues around the risk to young people by County Lines.

This fast moving, punchy, entertaining play aims to illustrate how young people are being targeted by exploitative drug traffickers, what the consequences are for those who find themselves caught up in these dangerous networks, the impact on their families and the  communities in which they live. Our aim is to engage, inform and enlighten, not only vulnerable teenagers, but also their teachers, their families and the wider community.

Students have the opportunity of participating in workshops to create their own short plays based on County Lines, some of which will be selected to be part of INK Festival 2023!

For further information  please contact Jane Zarins jane@inkfestival.org.

CAST AND CREW:

BOY AND GIRL SITTING TOGETHER
Elle – Flora Douglas
Jay – Huw Brentnall
Zed – Ruaridh Aldington
Director – Jane Zarins
Executive Producer – Julia Sowerbutts
Technical – LX Professional – Dave Herman & Merlyn Agnew-Haycraft
Costumes & Props – Ruth Lewis-Smith
Music – Score Production Music
Fight Director – Isaac Fullbrook
Marketing & PR – Sally Ball
IT – Cate Evans
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‘Martha Loader’s play evokes the way that the teenage need for friendship, excitement and independence can be exploited, and even in peaceful country places can lead good kids step by step into a dangerous trade.  The brother and sister are likeable, distinct characters, their nemesis equally beguiling and in his way equally innocent.  It’s a strong and interesting take on one of the worst abuses of our time, directed with life and vigour.’ Libby Purves    www.theatrecat.com

“Very powerful … fabulous, well drawn, relatable characters, and wonderful writing.” “Fantastic insight into the way young people can be drawn into something they wouldn’t do at first ‘by degrees’.” “The dialogue was authentic and believable. Very powerful storytelling.” “An essential story to tell.”

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INK’S TOUR INCLUDED:

  • Alde Valley Academy, Leiston
  • East Coast College, Gt Yarmouth
  • Kesgrave High School, Ipswich
  • Cliff Park OA, Gorleston
  • Broadland OA, Hoveton
  • Caister Academy, Caister-on-Sea
  • East Coast 6th Form College, Gt Yarmouth
  • Felixstowe Academy, Felixstowe
  • Ormiston Venture Academy, Gorleston
  • Bungay High School, Bungay
  • Lapwings Education in Norfolk & Suffolk
  • Farligaye High School, Woodbridge
  • Aylsham High School, Aylsham
  • Northgate High School, Ipswich
  • Bramfield House School, Bramfield
  • Chantry Academy, Ipswich
  • Thomas Mills High School, Framlingham
  • Arch Bishop Sancroft High School, Harleston

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