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A Play for children & Young People - in development

Glypt - The Tramshed - 5 – 6 April 2014

Directed by Andre Pink

Assited by Ann Lecker

Dende has been toying with the idea to make a play for children or young people for a while. The opportunity to start making such a show arrived when Glypt - a Theatre dedicated to children and young people in Woolwich Arsenal in East London invited Dende to participate in their Progression project, which aims at bringing creative 16 to 25 year olds and professional artists together. We started working on an adaptation of I.F., a short story by Paul Basset-Davies. This is a complex story weaving some issues such as the loss of a parent by overdoses, first love, saying good-bye to those we love, how children use their imagination to cope with adversity and bullying. Although these topics are serious, Paul Basset-Davies deals with them beautifully and sensitively through the eyes of a six-year old and the magical world of his imaginary friend.

A very talented group of young artists worked with Dende Collective Artistic Director Andre Pink for 14 sessions spread over 2 months and together they devised a theatre piece to perform at GLYPT’s Annual Youth Theatre Festival, alongside companies from across London. The final result was a fifteen-minute show telling the first part of the story. As in previous shows from Dende, the work with young people will feed into what might become a professional theatre show.