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20 Stories High

20 Stories High are a dynamic young theatre company producing challenging theatre that attract new audiences. The company comprises professional touring productions, youth theatre and community projects and blends different art forms to develop new theatrical disciplines.

Inherent in their work is the ethos of nurturing new writing talent and including young people at every stage of the production process. The company interacts heavily with the artistic input of surrounding communities to produce original and impactful theatre pieces.

20 Stories High also collaborate with a range of nationally-recognised established artists, gaining acclaim for their innovative renderings of contemporary stories receiving gongs from the Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Daily Post and the Brian Way Award in 2010 and 2011 for the UK’s best play for young people.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £131,000
  • 2013-2014: £131,000
  • 2014-2015: £170,000

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20 Stories High presents... BLACK - Spring Tour 2015

Nikki doesn't think that her Dad is a racist… He just cares deeply about his community… But when a Zimbabwean family move in over the road, the dog won’t stop barking… the local kids start lobbing stones… and her Dad starts laying down the law This provocative and engaging new show from 20 Stories High digs deep at the heart of racial tensions in the UK today. Written by award winning writer Keith Saha, with lyricism and live DJ soundscapes from Chunky (Riot Jazz /Hoya Hoya) and introducing the raw talent of Abby Melia – this is a vital and challenging piece of theatre. Suitable for ages 13+ The Tour dates: Playhouse Studio, Liverpool Wed 28 Jan, 7.45pm Thu 29 Jan, 7.45pm Fri 30 Jan, 7.45pm Sat 31 Jan, 7.45pm Tickets: Education & Youth Groups £6 / Under 26s and Unwaged £6 / YEP £5 T: 0151 709 4776 The MAC, Belfast Tues 3 Feb, 7pm Wed 4 Feb, 11am & 7pm Tickets: £12 – £17. Under 25s £5 T: 028 9023 5053 The Key, Peterborough Sat 7 Feb, 6.30pm Tickets: £5 T: 01733 207239 Contact, Manchester Tue 24 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Wed 25 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tickets: £11 / £6 concessions T: 0161 274 0600 Octagon Theatre, Bolton Thu 26 Feb, 7.30pm Fri 27 Feb, 9pm Sat 28 Feb, 7.30pm Tickets: £10 / £8 concessions T: 01204 520661 Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield Wed 4 Mar, 7.45pm Tickets: £12 / Kirklees Passport £9 / Under 26s £6 T: 01484 430528 Burnley Arts Centre, Burnley Thu 5 Mar, 7.30pm Tickets: £7 / BYT Members £3 / Teachers FREE T: 01282 458655 St Helens Central Library, St Helens Thu 12 Mar, 1pm & 7pm Tickets: £5 / £2 concessions The Albany, Deptford, London Tues 17 Mar, 7.30pm Wed 18 Mar, 7.30pm Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions T: 020 8692 4446 Mac, Birmingham Thu 19 Mar, 5pm & 8pm Fri 20 Mar, 7.30pm Tickets: £12 / £10 concessions T: 0121 446 3232 The music used during this trailer was Metastaz, Orient Dub Express – Ghost & Assassin. Music by Thomas Simoes (Metastaz), Mixed and recorded at Tazart Music Studio; Mastering by Frank Riggio. Guest Vocals: Miscellaneous (The Emperor/Snakes), Laura Traeger (Snakes), Blu Rum 13 (Flames in the rain), Lurdez Da Luz (Simpsong), Rodrigo Brandao (Simpsong). Guest Music: Saxophone by Nicolas Doyen (Son of light), Guitar by Alex Adier (Snakes/Flames in the rain). The original track can be downloaded from:

HEADZ Volume 1 Trailer

20 Stories High Young Actors Company present... HEADZ A Series of Contemporary Urban Monologues Written by Keith Saha Directed by Julia Samuels and Keith Saha Inside every HEAD lies a secret... a story waiting to unravel. Mikey's Mum and Dad still haven't forgiven him for what he did when he was six... Jamie is keeping her pregnancy under wraps...and David is having an affair with his teacher. With 11 different monologues over 4 nights... HEADZ offers a gritty, challenging and humorous insight into the lives of young people in Liverpool 2014. A brand new collection of monologues from award winning Liverpool playwright Keith Saha (Melody Loses Her Mojo, Ghost Boy, Babul and the Blue Bear). 20 Stories High have been recognised as one of the leading companies in the UK making theatre for young adult audiences Booking Information Playhouse Theatre Studio, Williamson Square, Liverpool. Wednesday 2 to Saturday 5 July 2014, 7.45pm £6 (£4 concessions). / 0151 709 4776 Contact Theatre, Oxford Rd, Manchester. Thursday 10th July, 1.30pm £6 / 0161 274 0600 Suitable for age 14+ (contains strong language and mature themes)

20 Stories High Youth Theatre presents... Standard

20 Stories High Youth Theatre presents... Standard On at the Bluecoat, 16th & 17th July

TALES FROM THE MP3 - National Tour Summer 2014

Young People from award-winning 20 Stories High tell each other's true stories straight from their MP3 players. As they hear the words in headphones, the performers deliver line for line to the audience what they are hearing - live. Verbatim with a twist, and delivered with unflinching honesty, they discuss religion, sex, race, friendship and family. Boys and girls play each other and cultural identity is swapped, revealing challenging and insightful perspectives. With live music, poetry and beat-boxing, this is a unique new play from one of the UK's top theatre companies for young adult audiences. TOUR DATES AUGUST 1 & 2 LIVERPOOL Everyman Theatre 13 - 24 EDINBURGH Summerhall SEPTEMBER 9 & 10 NORWICH The Garage 11 - 13 LONDON Unicorn Theatre 15 & 16 BIRMINGHAM MAC 17 -- 19 BOLTON Octagon Theatre

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Whole (2013) - Archive

20 Stories High present... Whole (2013) Touring to schools and small scale venues.

20 Stories High and Arts Council England present... Creative Case

In November 2012, 20 Stories High was asked by Arts Council England North West to organise and lead a series of seminars in the North West to progress the Creative Case for Diversity. The programme aimed to be a catalyst for discussion, enabling directors, CEO's, board members and young people as regional representatives of the Theatre sector to have inspirational and open discussions and debate on the Creative Case for Diversity; to share, discuss and understand the Creative Case.

20 Stories High - First 5 Years...

20 Stories High - Our First 5 Years... 2006 - 2011

20 Stories High presents - Melody Loses Her Mojo - a new play for Autumn 2013

20 Stories High, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Curve Theatre Leicester present MELODY LOSE HER MOJO Written and Directed by Keith Saha Designed by Kate Unwin with Visual Artist Mark Wigan Puppetry Director Sue Buckmaster Choreographed by Kwesi Johnson Featuring UK Beatboxing Champ Hobbit Melody is in the care system and is out of control... the only thing that is constant in Melody's life is her toy monster - Mojo. Blessing has come from Nigeria to stay with an 'Aunty', but when the relationship breaks down, she is trapped in the care system and longs to be back with her Nana in Lagos... Rizla has just left the care system. He has been taken in by some older guys in the local hostel and has found his new 'family'. This bold, gritty and challenging story fuses Hip Hop Theatre, dance, puppetry and street art to follow the amazing journeys of three remarkable young people, whose stories intertwine in a world full of magical and surreal moments. The remarkable artistic team includes Sue Buckmaster (Theatre-Rites), Kwesi Johnson (Kompany Malakhi), club artist Mark Wigan (I.D magazine/The Brain Club) and Hobbit (International Beatboxing Champion), alongside 20 Stories High's Keith Saha, writer/director of the award winning Ghost Boy. #melodyloseshermojo 13+ - contains strong themes (, strong language, sexual references and drug use TOUR DATES AND TIMES The Playhouse, Liverpool Williamson Square, L1 1EL Fri 20 Sep, 7pm Sat 21 Sep, 7pm Mon 23 Sep, 7pm Tues 24 Sep, 7pm Wed 25 Sep, 5.30pm (followed by post show discussion) Thur 26 Sep, 1.30pm, 7pm Fri 27 Sep, 7pm Sat 28 Sep, 2pm & 7pm Tickets: £10 - £20 T: 0151 709 4776 Contact, Manchester Oxford Road, M15 6JA Tues 1 Oct, 7pm Wed 2 Oct, 5pm (followed by post show discussion) Thurs 3 Oct, 1pm (followed by post show discussion), 7pm Fri 4 Oct, 7pm (BSL interpreted) Sat 5 Oct, 7pm (followed by post show discussion) Tickets: £11 / £6 T: 0161 274 0600 Curve, Leicester 60 Rutland Street, LE1 1SB Tues 8 Oct, 7.45pm Wed 9 Oct, 5.30pm Thurs 10 Oct, 10.30am & 7.45pm (Touch Tour, Audio-described) Fri 11 Oct, 7.45pm Sat 12 Oct, 2.30pm (BSL Signed Performance) & 7.45pm Tickets: £10 / £5 T: 0116 242 3595 Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield Queen St, West Yorkshire HD1 2SP Weds 16 Oct, 7.30pm Thurs 17 Oct, 1.30pm Tickets: £12 / £10 / £6 T: 01484 430528 Cast, Doncaster Mon 4 Nov, 7.30pm Tues 5 Nov, 10.30am The Key, Peterborough Embankment Road, PE1 1EF Thurs 7 Nov, 4pm Fri 8 Nov, 9.30am & 7pm Sat 9 Nov, 7.30pm T: 01733 207239

20 Stories High - Ghost Boy - Archive (2010)

20 Stories High presents... Ghost Boy (2010) Written and Directed by Keith Saha.

20 Stories High Young Actors 'Tales from the MP3' - Archive

20 Stories High Young Actors present... Tales from the mp3 - Archive. Touring nationally Summer 2014.

20 Stories High Youth Theatre presents CRASHED July 2013

CRASHED One car. Five friends. No escape... Created and Directed by Elinor Randle (Tmesis Theatre) Assisted by Sam Ikpeh with 20 Stories High Youth Theatre Weds 24 & Thurs 25 July 2013, 7:30pm The Cornerstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University, Shaw Street L6 1HP Tickets: £3/ £2 (concessions) To book: 0151 708 9728/ #crashedtheplay

20 Stories High Young Actors present... GROUNDED

20 Stories High Young Actors present... GROUNDED In this airport, the only thing flying will be sparks! All flights from this terminal are GROUNDED. People are bored, anxious and very, very angry. Can Lucy overcome her fear of flying, in order to follow in her sister's footsteps? Will diamond in the rough Johnno find his mysterious, missing bag, before someone else does? Will Kojo Adebambo 123 meet his one true internet love Anastasia, without the use of a passport? 20 Stories High Young Actors work in collaboration with Tim Lynskey (Big Wow Theatre Co.) to create a devised physical theatre performance, featuring comedy, live music and, beat boxing. DATES 11th July, 7.30pm 12th July, 1.30pm & 7.30pm 13th July 7.30pm TICKETS Tickets: £3/ £2 (Concessions) Available from the bluecoat: 0151 702 5324 VENUE The Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX #groundedtheplay

20 Stories High - presents a new play touring nationally- WHOLE

WHOLE is a gritty, funny and uncompromising new play for teenagers and young adults- exploring sexuality, love, death and religion, with live music and spoken word. What happens when you're in a hole? What happens when that hole's inside you? What do you fill it with to make yourself feel whole? Last year, 3 teenagers emailed 20 Stories High to ask if they could make a play about their friend Holly. This is how it unravelled... WHOLE is touring to small-scale national venues and Merseyside schools from Jan - March 2013. Suitable for ages 13+. Unity Theatre Liverpool 1 Hope Place, L1 9BG Thu 31 Jan - Sat 2 Feb, 7.45pm Tickets: £10 / £8 / £6 T: 0844 873 2888 BSL interpreted performance 2 Feb, 7.45pm The Brindley, Runcorn High Street, WA7 1BG Tue 12 Feb, 7.30pm Tickets: £8 T: 0151 907 8360 Octagon Theatre, Bolton Howell Croft South, BL1 1SB Mon 25 Feb, 7.30pm Tues 26 Feb, 2pm & 7.30pm Wed 27 Feb, 2pm & 7.30pm Thurs 28 Feb, 5pm Fri 1 Mar, 2pm & 9pm Tickets: £10 / £8 T: 01204 520661 Redbridge Drama Centre, London Churchfields, Sth Woodford, E18 2RB Mon 4 March, 2pm & 8pm Tue 5 March, 2pm & 8pm Tickets; £9 / £6 T: 020 8504 5451 Half Moon Theatre, London 43 White Horse Road, E1 OND Wed 6 March, 4.30pm & 7pm Tickets: £6 T: 020 7709 8900 The Garage, Norwich 14 Chapel Field North, NR2 1NY Fri 8 March, 7.30pm Tickets: £7.50 / £5 T: 01603 283382 New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich Civic Drive, IP1 2AS Tues 12 -- Wed 13 March, 7.45pm Tickets: £10/ £5 (Under 26's) T: 01473 295 900 The Dukes, Lancaster Moor Lane, LA1 1QE Mon 25 March, 1.30pm & 7pm Tickets: £8 / £6 T: 01524 598500 Contact, Manchester Oxford Road, M15 6JA Thu 28 March, 8pm Tickets: £10 / £6 T: 0161 274 0600

20 Stories High Young Actors Company presents Tales from the MP3

20 Stories High Young Actors Company Present... TALES FROM THE MP3 "Everybody has a story to tell and their own way of telling it..." 20 Stories High Young Actors have been on a mission to find out the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth... about each other. When tensions within the 20 Stories High's Young Actors company ran high, they decided to interview each other to find out the stories that made each member who they are today. Armed with MP3 players, they have created a gritty, honest, funny and transformative piece of verbatim theatre. Playing each other and recounting the stories direct from MP3s live onstage, presenting a totally unique and mesmerising style of verbatim theatre. @20storieshigh #talesfromthemp3

20 Stories High - Babul and the Blue Bear (2008) Archive

20 Stories High presents Babul and the Blue Bear Written and Directed by Keith Saha

20 Stories High- Blackberry Trout Face- Archive

20 Stories High present Blackberry Trout Face An archive of our touring production, Blackberry Trout Face 2009, Directed by Julia Samuels and Written by Laurence Wilson.

20 Stories High- Last Friday - Archive

20 Stories High present 'Last Friday' An archive of our touring production, 'Last Friday', Directed by Julia Samuels, 2006

20 Stories High- Slow Time - Archive

20 Stories High present Slow Time An archive of our touring production, 'Slow Time', Directed by Keith Saha and Written by Roy Williams, 2007

20 Stories High- A Private Viewing - Archive

20 Stories High Youth Theatre present A Private Viewing An archive of our youth theatre production, A Private Viewing, 2010.

20 Stories High- Bulldozer Urban Cabaret - Archive

20 Stories High Youth Theatre present The Bulldozer Urban Cabaret An archive of our youth theatre production, Bulldozer Urban Cabaret 2011

20 Stories High- Dark Star Rising - Archive

20 Stories High Youth Theatre present Dark Star Rising An archive of our Youth Theatre performance, Dark Star Rising, 2008.

20 Stories High- On Me Onez - Archive

20 Stories High Youth Theatre present ON ME ONEZ An archive of our Youth Theatre performance, On Me Onez, 2009.

20 Stories High- RAIN - Archive

20 Stories High Youth Theatre present RAIN An archive of our Youth Theatre performance at Contacting the World, 2010.

20 Stories High Youth Theatre - The Universe and Me - Trailer

20 Stories High Youth Theatre present 'The Universe & Me' Developed by Keith Saha and Martin Stannage With 20SH Youth Theatre Video/Digital Artistry by Sam Meech After a trip to the planetarium the universe starts to wobble for a group of young people in Liverpool... Ruby and her gang start to experiment with teleportation... Jason is feeling so small that he feels like he is starting to become invisible... And Abdul has to choose between Nigeria and his one true love... Do the answers lie in the stars? With a mixture of theatre, dubstep, digital artistry , live music and time travel 20 Stories High Youth Theatre explore the universal questions that affect us all no matter how big or no matter how small

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