The company of Why is the Sky Blue in rehearsals (1)
The company of Why is the Sky Blue in rehearsals (1)

tackroom theatre today announces full casting for the world première production, Why is the Sky Blue? (Or How to Make Slime). Abbey Wright directs Tiani Hoath, Marina Marchevska, Louis Holley, Oscar Bennett, Gracie Weldon, Reuel Guzman, Osian Thompson, Violet Tucker‐Steel, Hal Gordon, Lewis Elliot, Harrison Slater, Sophie Alibert, Jamal Simon, Zachary Hing, Millie Thew, Michael Sookhan, Ruby Ablett, Annie Hawkins and Corey Peterson.

Devised by the company around a collection of interviews with children from around the UK, it opens in The Little at Southwark Playhouse on 1 May, with previews from 26 April and runs until 19 May.

An extraordinary new show exploring love, connection and the impact of pornography on children.

“You know like in A Midsummer Night’s Dream where they go to the forest and they explore all these different things – like the donkey and the different creations – porn is like that isn’t it?” – 14 year old girl, Manchester, February 2018

Theatre-makers Abbey Wright, Shireen Mula and Matt Regan interviewed 10,000 6-22 year olds on what they think love is and the effect of pornography on their lives. Why is the Sky Blue? is the result of these interviews.

In the real words of young people, Why is the Sky Blue? is a blistering and funny new piece of verbatim theatre. With explicit references to pornography and masturbation throughout, this show contains verbatim songs, live music, improvisation and is performed by a company of 6-22 year olds.

Working with hundreds of theatres and schools across the UK and with Barnardo’s this is the largest piece of research ever done on this subject. In addition to creating a production tackroom theatre will launch a digital platform to display their research, as well as a nationwide education project for parents, teachers and children in collaboration with Barnardo’s to change the national conversation.

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