Six Ensemble Plays for Young Actors

What is it?
Arts Council England and Methuen Drama have worked together to develop an anthology of scripts of high quality written specifically for young people to perform. The anthology is called Six Ensemble Plays for Young Actors.

Arts Council England wants to use this opportunity to support the publication of work that has been commissioned for and/or created by the youth and participatory sector and that has not been previously published.

It is anticipated that Six Ensemble Plays for Young Actors will appeal to a wide and varied audience for young people's work.

Who was involved?
The anthology is a partnership between Arts Council England and Methuen Drama.

Introductions to the book are written by Paul Roseby, Artistic Director, National Youth Theatre and Sarah Lovell, YPPT Coordinator, Arts Council England.

What are the outcomes?
There were around 125 submissions to be included in the anthology. A panel of 20 readers reduced the submission to 20 plays for short listing. Methuen Drama and the selection panel then reduced this again to 11 plays for consideration.

The final plays chosen to go into the anthology are:

  • Stuff I buried in a small town, Mike Bartlett

  • East End Tales, Fin Kennedy and students from Mulberry School

  • Sweetpeter,John Retallack and Usifo Jalloh

  • The Odyssey, Hattie Naylor

  • Want2talk?, Kevin Fegan

  • The Playground, Kay Adshead

What next?
Six Ensemble Plays for Young Actors
is available now.

How can I find out more?

Visit the Methuen Drama website