The Children's Monologues dramatise the testimonies of young children growing up in Rammulotsi, a small rural township in the Free State province of South Africa. Invited to describe a day that they will never forget, the Monologues retell the stories of young people expressing personal experiences in their own words, in their native Sesotho language.
Five years ago this November the original Children’s Monologueswas performed just once, simultaneously in London and in Rammulotsi township, South Africa. The project brought together cast and directors for one day only, giving them 24 hours to prepare for a sold out performance at The Old Vic Theatre. With the proceeds the Piet Patsa Community Arts Centre was built, and proved such a success that we now need room to expand.
On October 25 2015 at the Royal Court Theatre, directorDanny Boyle will bring together an entirely new all-star cast and a brand new script for a once in a lifetime event celebrating the five year anniversary of The Children's Monologues. Based on the testimony of over 200 South African children, some of the best playwrights in South Africa and the UK will contribute monologues to be performed only once. In South Africa the Monologues will be performed by the children themselves on the same night.
Royal Court Anniversary Production: Cast and Crew
Cast for the London production includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, James McAvoy, Kit Harington, Josh Hartnett, Zawe Ashton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Alfie Allen, Daniel Kaluuya, Rose Leslie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Christopher Eccleston,
Please note: Casting updates to follow. Official casting news will be announced on the Dramatic Need website.
The Children's Monologues have been adapted for the stage by writers including James Graham, Tanika Gupta MBE, Sir David Hare, Amy Jephta, Neil LaBute, Napo Masheane, Eliot Moleba, Mongi Mthombeni, Jack Thorne, Laura Wade, Richard Warlow and Roy Williams OBE.
Directed by Danny Boyle. Associate Directors Gbolahan Obisesan and Nadia Fall.
Musical accompaniment by James Rhodes and special guests.
Artists contributing to the Children's Monologues include Rob Ball, Dan Dickson, George Dawnay Godfried Donkor, Tom Gallant, Vanessa Garwood,Tom Gauld, Quentin Jones, Whitney McVeigh, Steven Smith, and Hormazd Narielwalla.
The Children's Monologues Gala on October 25 will be the only opportunity to witness this production. For information on how to be a part of the night, please direct enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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