We're excited to announce the World Premiere of Boy, opening at the Almeida this spring.
At a bus stop.
Playwright Leo Butler casts a sharp eye over the city and picks someone for us to follow. Director Sacha Wares is joined by a formidable creative team, including two powerhouse contemporary designers, Miriam Buether for set design (Wild Swans, Sucker Punch, My Child, Generations), who worked with Sacha on Game at the Almeida in 2015, and Ultz for costume (Jerusalem, Hobson’s Choice, Fallout, Pied Pier), who will be collaborating with Miriam, on design, for the first time. Further creative credits include movement by Leon Baugh, lighting by Jack Knowles and sound by Gareth Fry.
"Butler's outstanding new play... is a timely, savagely brilliant epitaph for the New Labour decade” Daily Telegraph on Leo Butler's Faces in the Crowd.
Leo Butler's plays include Sixty-Nine, Lucky Dog and Alison! A Rock Opera. Director and Design duo Sacha Wares and Miriam Buether's previous work includes Wild Swans at the Young Vic and Sucker Punch at the Royal Court.
Alongside Boy, a project funded by The Arsenal Foundation between the Almeida and Arsenal in the Community will see the partners work together over coming months to reach young people in Islington who haven’t previously been involved in theatre, encouraging them to create and share their own stories.
Rupert Goold, Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre said “As a die-hard Arsenal fan I’m well aware of the established and respected track record the club has in supporting our local community. It’s great to be able to partner with Arsenal in the Community on a project of such relevance and importance”.
Four professional playwrights will work with 40 young people recruited through Arsenal in the Community networks over the course of 10 weeks to encourage them to develop ideas for short plays and monologues. The plays will respond to the themes in Boy, giving young people a voice. The resulting plays will then be presented by professional directors and actors on the set of Boy in the Almeida Theatre.
Young people will also be invited to participate in a panel discussion led by young people for young people interrogating questions determined by the participants themselves to explore their views on the world they live in.
Arsenal Football Club Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis said “Community has always been at the heart of Arsenal Football Club. It is a fundamental part of what we do and what we represent. Arsenal has a unique relationship with its local community through the work of our Arsenal in the Community team and a variety of projects and causes supported by funding from The Arsenal Foundation. We’re thrilled that Arsenal in the Community will be working with a fellow Islington organisation to help young people thrive by finding their own voice.”
Booking is now open.
Boy runs from Tuesday 5 April until Saturday 28 May.
Find out more here.