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2009 Season: First Timers



The NYT returned to the Soho Theatre in 2009 with a series of six new plays, each one with a single body part as its title and stimulus for the play’s theme. Two of the six appeared as a double bill each night:

Tits/Teeth saw two young girls caught up in a body obsessed world – one comically and one much less so – from disco mania to body dysmorphia, bulimia and Japanese man bras. Written by the award-winning Michael Wynne.

Foot/Mouth is a night of black comedy from dismembered washed up feet to a world governed by a control of language. It appeals to all those who have right royally put their foot in it in this increasingly puritan age! Written by the highly acclaimed Peeplykus’ John Nicholson and Steven Cann

Eye/Balls tells the tale of a young student’s attempt at paying off her loan by joining the sex trade, and for sloppy seconds the author is grabbing the subject of young men away on a Stag night by the balls! Written by Sarah Solemani, who was something of a first timer herself as this was be her writing debut.

In the Soho Studio - As part of Playing Up - the NYT’s social inclusion programme of work enabling creative opportunities for young people not in Training, Education or Employment –two new hard-hitting plays reflected the sharper ends of the UK’s increasing social divides – Fathers Inside and Skunk.

Fathers Inside is based on true stories from inside male prisons. Following on from the Child’s Play programme using active theatre techniques to explore the challenges faced by young fathers in Rochester Young Offenders Institute, the NYT we mounted a scratch performance of Father’s Inside at the Soho Theatre studio in 2008 with a mixed cast of NYT members and participants from the social inclusion programme. The play has now been fully scripted by Philip Osment and was directed by Jim Pope

In Skunk, Otto wakes from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed one morning in to a Skunk, his family life changed forever. Covering everyone he meets with a pungent spray, will Otto ever get his old life back? Is it only him that is affected by this metamorphosis? Or is he part of a secret epidemic affecting boys across the country?

Skunk explores the effects that smoking the hydroponic weed ‘Skunk’ has on young people, how their families are affected and why this is becoming a bigger and bigger issue today. Loosely based on Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’.

Soho Six Pack Viral from National Youth Theatre on Vimeo.