New play explores tragedy of knife crime
WHEN: Tuesday 21 May until Saturday 25 May
WHERE: Blue Elephant Theatre, 59a Bethwin Road, Camberwell, SE5 0XT
COST: £8.60-£12.60 – Buy tickets here or call 020 7701 0100
As knife crime in London continues to be on the forefront of people’s minds, a new play explores the devastating impact such violent attacks have on individuals, families and their communities.
Brought to the stage at Southwark’s Blue Elephant Theatre by Wooden Arrow Productions, Justice is set in the capital during a scorching summer as the England football team is on the brink of World Cup glory. Sound familiar?
Inspired by real events, the central character is Michael, a young black student who has a spring in his step after finishing his first year of college. A summer full of football, video games and parties stretch out in front of him, but one fateful night will change that.
Justice is Wooden Arrow’s fourth production and is written and directed by Rees Jenkins. The theatre company creates work to expose unseen perspectives using young, emerging and ambitious artists.
Jenkins explained: “I decided to put on a play about knife crime in reaction to the subject matter personally affecting me and my family. I simply wanted to raise awareness of it, however the deeper I got into the research, I became more aware that it was affecting thousands of families and communities.
“If the play resonates with someone or helps them to find a new perspective about this issue, that would be a success for me. Understanding and being educated on the issue is the only way I feel we can make a step forward to resolving it.”
Known for its passion for supporting emerging artists and new shows, the Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell offers the perfect venue for this compelling production.
Justice runs from Tuesday 21 May until Saturday 25 May, from 8pm. Tickets are priced £12, £10 for concessions and £8 for Southwark residents. To book, visit www.ticketsignite.com/event/1104/justice.