Lyric theatre’s ‘Letters from lockdown’

The Lyric theatre, Hammersmith, together with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, has launched a new play-writing project for the children of key workers who are attending school during the lockdown. Working with Lyric Artistic Associate and award-winning playwright, Simon Stephens, they hope the project ‘will ensure continued creative enrichment’ for vulnerable children across Hammersmith & Fulham.

Teachers from across the borough have been asked to volunteer to provide the sessions which have been designed ‘to encourage curiosity, unlock the imagination and develop creative writing skills’.

Digital opportunities

Over the course of three weeks, the children will create characters and monologues, which will then be performed by emerging actors from Young Lyric. The performances based on the children’s scripts and digitally recorded will be shared with all participants and their families, giving them the opportunity to see their words, characters and stories come to life.

Young Lyric exists to provide opportunities for young people across West London to develop their talent. While the theatre is closed, Young Lyric is still working to come up with ideas to reach young people from all backgrounds.

This video shows an example of the work from Queenswill Primary School.

Video from Lyric Hammersmith’s YouTube channel

Rachel O’Riordan, Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre said:

‘It is our mission to engage with schools using our specialism of theatre to develop creative talent. This project has been developed for the children in our borough whose parents are working on the front line and who will need that extra care and opportunity to express themselves imaginatively. Hammersmith is our home and we will support the young people of Hammersmith even whilst our theatre is closed. We hope that this project supports the health, well-being, and creative energy of all these children.’

Simon Stephens, Artistic Associate of the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre said:

‘I’m thrilled to be working with the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s to take our play-writing work out into the community for the children of key workers who are still coming to school. Primary school children have fearless imaginations. They inspire me to be more daring in my own writing. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.’

Simon Stephens is an award-winning playwright having written over 30 plays. His plays for the Lyric include: Punk Rock, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky (with David Eldridge and Robert Holman), Three Kingdoms, The Seagull and Fatherland (with Frantic Assembly).

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