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Castaways: Mandala Theatre Company
Three teenagers – born on the same day, in the same town but with very different backgrounds.
Inseparable since they were knee-high to a grasshopper, they’re a close-knit trio, both at school and at home. Sam, Asha and Kieran watch out for each other, until one day a shocking event blows their teenage world apart – and their friendship with it.
Castaways explores the nature of friendship, trauma and tribal loyalties in a neighbourhood where the blue touch paper is waiting to be lit…
Written by award-winning playwright Atiha Sen Gupta, Castaways is the second part of Mandala’s trilogy Place, Identity and Belonging. This challenging new play has been developed through creative workshops with young people, exploring their sense of connectedness – or otherwise – with the communities, they have grown up in.
There will be a chance to talk about the issues raised in the play at a post-show discussion.
Mandala Theatre Company is a diversity-led company creating exciting new theatre, which gives a dramatic voice to young people whose stories are not normally heard. Written by award winning playwright Atiha Sen Gupta, Castaways has been developed through creative workshops with young people, exploring their sense of connectedness – or otherwise – with the communities they have grown up in. Castaways is the second of three commissioned plays, which all have social justice at their heart.
A diversity-led company creating exciting new theatre with social justice at its heart. They aim to give a voice to those whose stories are not heard – and give those stories life. From its centre in Oxford, Mandala aims to reach out to the world. Their work connects people and brings them together, because they believe that the arts are a force for change.
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