On the 4th and 6th of June, SHINE students had a fantastic opportunity to work with the Royal Court Theatre to write a monologue. They started by spending two hours writing a monologue based on a character they had created. These were then typed up and collated, sent to professional actors who prepared a performance. Students were then filmed and interviewed by the Royal Court Theatre for a documentary, which is going to run in parallel with a BBC documentary about female playwrights. We had a film-maker on site all day and she filmed the interviews for the documentary. Students then got to meet with the director and the actors to discuss their monologues. They talked about how the monologues would be performed. After the initial meetings, all of the students’ work was performed and filmed for the documentary! The documentary will be shown at the Royal Court Theatre and also at a pop-up shop in King’s Road London, which they will be visiting as a group on the 6th of July. On the 7th of July, students will also have their work shown as part of the #studentbeings project with the artist Jeremy Gluck at the Lewisham Arthouse.
I would like to thank Ellie Fulcher and Romana Flello for their ongoing support with this project. Also, a huge thank you to all of the Royal Court for organising the actors, film-makers and directors for coming in to work with the students. Many thanks to Jo Whittington for her support and ongoing help with the project. A fantastic day! We look forward to seeing the documentary.