Underage sex, drug-taking and violence in Britain’s secondary schools is portrayed on stage in Krool Britannia, 12-28 August, at the Rabbit Hole NW3.
Krool Britannia is written by teacher Steve Valentine, from Stoke-on-Trent: “It’s about the pressures kids are under in their formative years at secondary school. We start off in the style of the school assembly, morality play, anti-drugs, anti-bullying, don’t take alcohol. But then we turn it on its head and see what happens if you take it to the extreme conclusion.”
Steve explained that the inspiration came from a couple of students he used to teach. “Some are so lacking in empathy, almost feral and wild. What’s the process they go through to get to this stage? in this play we show the process they go through to become killers.”
Director Diane Page, who also teaches drama and dance part-time, said: “It is representing an under represented demographic. It is not TIE (Theatre in Education). It is not pantomime. It is that area that no-one talks about. But it is not straight forward naturalistic, it is highly stylised.”
She added: “Although it is about teenagers, it is for everyone to come and see. That kind of detachment that people feel form that kind of age group.”
As a teenager she was part of the National Youth Theatre and has written short plays for Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Youth Theatre, after performing as an actor at The Young Vic, White Bear and Oval House Theatre.
Pictured above are Francesca Tudor-Whelan, who plays Kitty, and Ed Clements, who plays Pig. Photography by Shay Rowan.
Ed trained at LAMDA, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Atlantic Acting School in New York City, plays Pig. He said:”I think we are really lucky. I think if I was to put a label on it, it would be Grange Hill meets Natural Born Killers.”
Francesca, who trained at Sylvia Young, the Arts Educational School and is now in her third year at Birkbeck University in London, said: “All the actors have different stories to tell, that come together at the end, to reach the final conclusion.”
She once accidentally sent a text to a teacher suggesting that she could secure the booze necessary for a party but can bat her eyelids out of any situation.
Also appearing in Krool Britannia are Georgina Ezuanyamike, Oliver Knight and Thomas George Whiting.
Georgina earned the nickname ‘Cinderella’ after losing one half of a ludicrous pair of high heels during her graduation ceremony. She is now assistant director of HAYA (Hunt Academy for Young Actors) in Brentford, as well as working as a supporting artist on short films and a British Independent feature film to be broadcast on Netflix later this year.
Her most recent credits include a featured role in a music video for drum and bass artist, Cassy, and an online student accommodation advert for Campuslife UK.
Oliver studied drama A Level at University College School, but is now head of private equity for an investment firm in the City (yes, a city-slicker who wants to be an actor). He has studied at The Actor’s Centre and the London Actors Workshop.
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In the video below are Francesca Tudor-Whelan, Ed Clements, Steve Valentine and Diane Page.
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