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National Youth Theatre's Playing Up Company present

Written by Mark Weinman 
Directed by Matt Harrison


"It is youth theatre at its most mature, and most dazzling”
★★★★ Guardian on The Fall, directed by Matt Harrison 

"Raw, raucous and rowdy"
 ★★★★ Voice Mag on Playing Up’s 2017 production THREE

Sometimes things just go missing.

And when the thing closest to Luna goes missing, she finds the perfect place to hide.

Comet Canyon. A virtual landscape that she understands. A place where pixels allow her to be whoever she wants to be. A place where your friends are usernames and where the young can finally take some control.

2015 Bryan Forbes Assistant Director Matt Harrison, fresh from critically acclaimed The Fall, directs the world premiere of this electric story of escapism, grief and the pressures to succeed by NYT Associate Artist Mark Weinman (Sex Ed). 

Tortoise is performed by young talent from our Playing Up Company - part of National Youth Theatre’s commitment to social inclusion. This accredited nine month drama course offers a second chance to young people who have fallen out of education, offering them the opportunity to gain access to further training or employment.

As technology continues to consume us, there are more and more places to hide. This brand new play asks at what point does reality come knocking on its virtual siblings door?

The National Youth Theatre would like to thank Westminster Kingsway College, The L&Q Foundation, The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, The Henry Smith Charity, The Leverhulme Trust, The Kirby Laing Foundation, The Clothworkers' Foundation, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Ernest Cook Charitable Trust, Jacqueline Worswick, The Teale Charitable Trust and The Jack Petchey Foundation for their support of Playing Up in 2017/18. And our primary supporters the Pureland Foundation, The David Pearlman Charitable Foundation and Arts Council England. 

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