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Writer reflects on making work with ‘real’ people

Writer reflects on making work with ‘real’ people



Luke Barnes, writer of The Jumper Factory (Young Vic theatre, 27th February – 9th March, tickets) – a new play developed in collaboration with men from HMP Wandsworth – has written an article for Exeunt Magazine titled Making work with ‘real’ people.

In it, he reflects on how to ask “a group of people from a background estranged from the theatre to make a show” and the capacity of theatre when presented by someone ‘real’.

He says,

The feeling of watching these mostly physically imposing men admit to feeling scared, alone, and sick of having to pretend its okay, in a church hall surrounded by guards, is one of the few times in my career I’ve felt like theatre has a genuine purpose.”

Theatre is, by definition, the act of rebelling. It’s holding broken systems to account and demanding a conversation about fixing them both in, and outside, of theatre itself. In this instance it’s a group of men holding a patriarchal world of toxic masculinity in prison to account, and demanding its reform.”

Read the article here

Book your tickets to The Jumper Factory here


Image courtesy of Young Vic, credit Leon Puplett