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the master's house


10th July 2021 - Update on the master's house 

Despite taking a series of precautions including frequent testing, mask-wearing and social distancing, very sadly due to COVID-19 isolation requirements we are currently unable to stage the master’s house at the Workshop Theatre, National Youth Theatre, between the 14 - 17 July 2021. If you have booked tickets our Box Office team will be in touch from Monday 12 July to offer a refund.

We’re in the process of reviewing alternative options, including digital, with our creative team to support the sharing of this important new work and young talent with audiences, and our young company in their completion of Playing Up, our award-winning free accredited access-to-higher-education course. An announcement will be made in due course. Our thoughts are with our team and talented young company and our colleagues across the sector who continue to face disruptions due to Covid-19.

the master's house

Written by babirye bukilwa
Directed by Chris Sonnex and babirye bukilwa

Starring the National Youth Theatre Playing Up Company 

15 - 17 July 2021
Workshop Theatre, National Youth Theatre, N7 6LW
Tickets are Pay What You Can 

Content note: Features strong language, violence and themes including mental health
Running time: 90 mins approx

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'The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house’
- Audre Lorde

A new play by babirye bukilwa (...cake, Theatre Peckham, ...blackbird hour, Talawa Theatre, WATER, Small Truth Theatre). Directed by Chris Sonnex (Associate Artist at Hightide, We Anchor in Hope, Bunker Theatre) and babirye bukilwa, the master’s house explores the insidious nature of the patriarchy.

babirye's debut play …blackbird hour was shortlisted for the 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, made the finals of the 2020 Women’s Prize for Playwriting, and was shortlisted for the 2020 Alfred Fagon Award. Chris was Artistic Director of the Bunker Theatre when it was named Fringe Theatre of the Year by The Stage Newspaper in 2020.

Starring exciting new talent from the National Youth Theatre’s Playing Up Company, with set and costume design by Zoe Hurwitz, lighting design by Simisola Majekodunmi, sound design by Mwen Music and Movement Direction by Louise Kempton. Promotional photograpy by Shingi Rice.

More information on the cast and crew coming soon.

Playing Up is a free 10-month course in performance for young people not in education employment or training and offers a qualification equivalent to A Levels providing access to higher education. This practical-based course celebrates that young people learn in different ways and is a key part of NYT’s targeted inclusion work. Playing Up members regularly go on to study with the NYT REP Company and at leading universities and drama schools and professional work in the creative industries. Alumni include Seraphina Beh (Top Boy), Jacob Beswick (People, Places, Things), Gavi Singh Chera (Behind the Beautiful Forevers), Alice Vilanculo (Stage Edinburgh Award Winner 2019) and Ria Zmitrowicz (BAFTA Breakthrough Brit 2018.)

Find out more about Playing Up

National Youth Theatre would like to thank the following people and organisations for their support of Playing Up in the 2020/21 academic year: The JGA Group, The Portal Trust, The Ironmongers’ Company, The Clothworkers’ Foundation, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, The Derek Hill Foundation, Charles S French Charitable Trust, Jacqueline Worswick, The Teale Charitable Foundation, Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation and Jack Petchey Foundation.

We would also like to thank our our principal supporters Arts Council England as well as all of NYT's Centre Stage Supporters and Investors in Talent.


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