20 Stories High

What is Dark Star Rising about?
This pilot project is designed to work with young people from specific areas in Liverpool, targeting a percentage of Black and minority ethnic participants.

The project uses hip-hop, mask and puppet making as the medium for engagement. It will also have an impact on the development of this youth theatre company as a resource for young people from key areas in Liverpool.

The main aims of Dark Star Rising are:

  • to create a groundbreaking piece of hip-hop mask/puppet theatre exploring Liverpool’s grime culture and how it connects with global traditional folklore and storytelling. This will be created in collaboration with artists from 20 Stories High’s professional show Babul and the blue bear

  • to engage young people from Black and minority ethnic communities, and other ‘hard-to-reach’ communities

  • to firmly establish 20 Stories High youth theatre: a resource for young people from the inner-city Liverpool areas of Toxteth, Picton and Kensington


Who is involved?
20 Stories High is a theatre company based at METAL arts space in Liverpool, led by Co-Artistic Directors Keith Saha and Julia Samuels. They are dedicated to making excellent work which resonates with young audiences – and which exists within a context of cultural diversity and social inclusion.

What are the outcomes?
This project is testing how to engage young people from particular social groups by using a mix of art forms.

It will also have an impact on the development of this youth theatre company as a resource for young people from key areas in Liverpool.

How can I find out more?
Visit the 20 Stories High website
Visit the 20 Stories High Myspace page
Watch the Dark Star Rising film