It's hard to believe that just over a week ago, we premiered 'The Game' at the St. James Studio as part of St. James RE:act - a writing challenge that gave us only 24 hours to create a brand new piece of musical theatre!
We were fortunate to be inspired by Mona Golabek's brilliant performance in 'The Pianist of Willesden Lane' (if you can see it, go!), which we had the opportunity to watch with the rest of the creative company. We were particularly struck by the parallels between kindertansport during WWII and the UK's recently announced plan to accept up to 20,000 refugee children into the UK in response to the current crisis.
We created 'The Game' as a response to this current political situation and humanitarian crisis. We had an amazing experience working with our visionary director Poppy Rowley, and our talented and hardworking cast - Felix Mosse, Rebecca Ridout, and Sinéad Wall. Writing for them was an absolute pleasure. (As was getting to see the wide range of responses from the other great teams involved with this event.)
We were interested to see how much 'The Game' resonated with the audience, and feel we have only touched the surface of this powerful topic. We're currently working with some of the brilliant folks who have offered us advice and support to explore possibilities for developing 'The Game' into a full-length show. We will be sharing news as these plans take shape.
In the meantime, here's a few photos from the event, courtesy of photographer Benjamin Graham - thanks to everyone who came out to support us and the amazing team at the St. James Theatre (Alastair Knights, Matthew Keeler, and Lauren McGee) who made this possible!