The SHINE students have been working with playwright and screenwriter Somalia Seaton over the last two weeks to write monologues. Somalia is a British writer and actress of Jamaican and Nigerian parentage, born and raised in South-East London. She trained at East 15 Acting School on the BA(Hons) contemporary theatre course. She is Artistic Director of No Ball Games Allowed, a company creating work with young people at its core. Her debut play ‘Crowning Glory” was shortlisted for the 2014 Alfred Fagon Award. “Fall Of The Kingdom, Rise Of The Footsoldier’ was longlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award and shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her work has been produced by Clean Break, the RSC and The Yard. She is currently under commission to Talawa & The Bush, Tonic Theatre and The Tricycle. Somalia is currently on attachment to the National Theatre.
Students learned about how to create characters and came up with some fantastic ideas about different settings and characterisations. The students also wrote their own monologues, writing as their characters. They then got to read out their monologues to Somalia and Ellie Fulcher from the Royal Court Theatre. Over the next few weeks, they will be working with two more playwrights from the Royal Court Theatre and then having their final monologues performed at the theatre!