Citizenship by Mark Ravenhill
I have been busily reading a fair few plays these last few months but have not posted about them despite having the best of intentions. This one was brought to my attention by the lovely @ellysandbrook. Elly has been really helpful these past few months with suggestions for plays that I could do with my junior students. I had mentioned how much of a fan I was of the National Theatre program (I’ve posted about them here and here) which we are lucky enough here in Australia to be able to go and see at the cinema. She brought to my attention the NT Connections program and the work of Nick Drake as well as the work of English playwright @markravenhill. I hadn’t thought to look for playwrights on Twitter but Elly linked me up with a few.
I really felt Citizenship captured the confusion, the drama and the attitude of being a teenager. In parts you could tell that the dialogue was written for English teenagers with a few other English references but on the whole the ambiguity of the setting could really have had the situations Tom and Amy find themselves in happening anywhere in the world. With any teenager experiencing it or having thoughts about it. The are lots of possibilities for a director and actors in terms of interpretation also.
The New Connections plays were very English. I got a real sense of what it must be like for a teenager living in England and I could see the differences to that of teenagers here in Australia and that, for many teens, these differences would make it difficult for them to relate to the characters. In saying that too I could just be showing my age. From the collection, some could most certainly be adapted but all in all I felt most would be done justice with their intended audience in mind: young, British teens.