East End Boys, West End Girls

East meets West across the education divide when four London teenagers compete for a prestigious scholarship. As they venture across the capital into unfamiliar territories, friendships are tested, aspirations are challenged and each is forced to decide what matters most. Will the best candidate win, or will their postcode keep them in their place?Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter, Ade Solanke,has had a wide ranging career working as a script analyst in Hollywood and teaching scriptwriting around the world. Solanke has been awarded a Nigerian Entertainment Award for Best Playwright and Best Play at the African Film Awards. Her writing credits include the award-winning BBC Radio drama Westway and Nigerian feature film Dazzling Mirage. Solanke’s work has been showcased at Tiata Fahodzi’s Tiata Delights at the Almeida and Talawa’s Unzipped at the Young Vic. Her first play Pandora’s Box was a hugely successful and was nominated for an OffWestEnd Award for Best New Play. It toured nationally in 2014 and was also shortlisted for the 2014 Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s biggest literary award.

The tour opens at Arcola Theatre on Tuesday 28 July. It continues on to CLF Arts Cafe, Saatchi Gallery then concludes at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre. Creative workshops will be available at all venues. For more information check the venue’s website.  For more information about the production or Spora Stories visit:
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Arcola Theatre
Tuesday 28 July – Saturday 1 August, 8pm and Saturday 1 August, 3.30pm
Tickets: Adults £17, Concessions £12 and Under 16s £6
Booking information: 020 7503 1646 | www.arcolatheatre.com

CLF Arts Cafe
Tuesday 4 – Friday 7 August, 7.30pm
Tickets: Adults £12, Concessions £10 and Under 16s £6
Booking information: 020 7732 5275 | www.clfartcafe.org

Saatchi Gallery
Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 August, 4pm
(N.B workshop performances)
Tickets: Under 16s £6 + £1.01 bkg fee
Booking information: 020 7811 3070 | www.saatchigallery.com

Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Friday 14 – Saturday 15 August, 7.30pm
Tickets: Adults £12, Concessions £10 and Under 16s £6
Booking information: 020 8365 5450 | www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk

Workshops

We’re also offering free devising workshops giving young people interested in drama a chance to create their own responses to the play.  They’ll share their creations with their friends and family in a special pre-show event. Suitable for ages 8 upwards. The dates and times are:

ARCOLA THEATRE Wed 29-Fri 31 July 3-7pm

CLF ARTS CAFE Wed 5-7 August 3-7pm

SAATCHI GALLERY Mon 10-12 August 2-4pm

It’s a chance to create your own work and learn new games and techniques, exploring the themes of the play using drama, writing, music and movement.

We’ll look at topics such as:

Friendship/Loneliness when at school
Societal pressures / personal ambitions
Similarities / differences within class, race, postcodes.

Ending each workshop, there’ll be short performances of the new pieces to be shared with an audience of family and friends in the theatre space.

Facilitator: Maa Yarkor-Addo

To book a place, please email caleypowellcasting@yahoo.co.uk

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