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Our Generation

A new play by Alecky Blythe

Minerva Theatre
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Overview

You may not know them yet – but you’ll never forget them.

Meet Mia, who wants to be on Jeremy Kyle. And Robyn, who wants a job. When Ayesha and her brother Ali aren’t bickering, they’re dreaming of going on Hajj or to Australia to get a tan. Lucas wants to get into Edinburgh and get a girlfriend. Basketball holds the future for Taylor and Luan, but for Callum it’s politics. Ierum’s only allowed on her phone at the weekends; Annabella receives surprising news via Snapchat. Emily, whose dad is the housemaster, is predicted to get ten A*s. Zac has six piano concerts in five days.

Alecky Blythe’s panoramic new verbatim play tells the stories of a generation. Created from five years of interviews with 12 young people from all four corners of the UK, Our Generation is a captivating portrait of their teenage years as they journey into adulthood.

Often too extraordinary to be fiction, this funny and moving play is for anyone who is – or has ever been – a teenager.


Artistic Director Daniel Evans directs this co-production with the National Theatre, which runs at the Minerva Theatre immediately following its London premiere

Alecky Blythe’s acclaimed verbatim musical London Road premiered at the National Theatre in 2011 and she later adapted it for the 2015 feature film. Her other work includes Little Revolution (Almeida Theatre) and The Riots: In Their Own Words for BBC2.

Our Generation marks Daniel Evans’s directorial debut at the National Theatre. His productions at Chichester Festival Theatre include South Pacific, This Is My Family, Quiz and Fiddler on the Roof.

A co-production with the National Theatre.






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Prologue.

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Our programmes are designed to be the perfect insightful companion to the production. The programme for Our Generation contains production and rehearsal photographs, an interview with Alecky Blythe and her collectors about their experience of interviewing young people across the UK over five years, and Professor Tania Byron's insights into teenagers and their brains.

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Reviews

 

Magnificent verbatim account of teenage life will steal your heart, rendered with immaculate observation by a brilliantly charismatic cast in Daniel Evans’s production. Most heartening of all is the way this magnificent project honours the period of youth it captures on stage: a time of energy, passion, warmth and humour. Blythe’s methods tell the teenagers’ stories from their own perspectives and treats them as the people they are – not the ones adults hope them to become

Guardian
 

A frank, fond tribute to the agony and ecstasy of generation Snapchat. When the acting is as good as it is here the result is a thrilling suspension of disbelief; we’re aware of the artifice but also experience it as authentic

Telegraph
 

Alecky Blythe’s dazzling verbatim play is a beautiful and funny journey through 12 young people’s lives. The dialogue in this extraordinary state-of-the-nation play is comic gold dust. But ‘Our Generation’ is much more than just funny. It’s eye-opening, generous and brilliantly inventive. There’s not one character who you don’t feel like giving a big hug at some point

Time Out
 

The standing ovation was as much for Daniel Evans’s superbly drilled ensemble cast playing kids and teens and teachers, as for the plucky spirits they represent. A valuable, vivid documentary of our times

Daily Mail
 

Alecky Blythe’s extraordinary new verbatim play shines a light on a generation in Daniel Evans’s rich, gutsy production, told by a splendid ensemble. Fascinating and funny

Evening Standard
 

Wise, beguiling, hilarious and gut-punchingly moving: a living portrait of adolescence, in all its overwhelming intensity. And in Daniel Evans’s gorgeously tender, beautifully acted production, what’s most absorbing is the detail. Vicki Mortimer’s set and Zoe Spurr’s lighting divide and transform the stage space as we hopscotch between narratives, with rods of white light mimicking the electric fizz of the cast’s energy

The i
 

Director Daniel Evans has conjured an extraordinary show from this extraordinary material. we grow to love these kids, fear for them, celebrate with them, laugh and cry with them - so much so, that we'd go back tomorrow for another four hours or so to see what happens next. A unique theatrical experience

Broadway World

A triumphant time capsule of a play. An honest, heartfelt snapshot of the teenage experience, as told by them. Endearingly funny

Culture Whisper
 

An astonishing and lively account of the thoughts, feelings and experiences of a diverse group of people in their own words, impressively helmed by director Daniel Evans

London Theatre

Cast & Creatives

Cast

  • Dee Ahluwalia

  • Joe Bolland

  • Anna Burnett

  • Anushka Chakravarti

  • Debbie Chazen

  • Gavi Singh Chera

  • Rachelle Diedericks

  • Hasan Dixon

  • Hélder Fernandes

  • Sarita Gabony

  • Conor Gormally

  • Alex Jarrett

  • Kat Kumar

  • Ed Larkin

  • Callum Mardy

  • Poppy Shepherd

  • Stephanie Street

Creative team

Cast List
NameRole

Daniel Evans

Director

Vicki Mortimer

Set Designer

Kinnetia Isidore

Costume Designer

Zoe Spurr

Lighting Designer

D.J. Walde

Music composition, production & direction

Paul Arditti

Sound Designer

Akhila Krishnan

Video Designer

Carrie-Anne Ingrouille

Movement Director

Sebastian Born

Dramaturg

Pádraig Cusack

Creative Producer

Charlotte Sutton CDG

Casting Director

Alecky Blythe, Izzy Dougill, Leah Gaffey, Dan Murphy, Ruth Tebby, Olivia Wilkes

Collectors

Charmian Hoare

Dialect Coach

Shereen Ibrahim

Dialect Coach

Jeannette Nelson

Company Voice Work

Stephen Bailey

Assistant Director

Heather Doole

Production Manager (NT)

James 'Luka' Goodsall

Production Manager (CFT)

Daniel Radley-Bennett

Digital Art

Catherine Kodicek

Costume Supervisor

Eleanor Smith

Props Supervisor

Daisy Beer

Wigs, Hair & Make-Up Supervisor

Dylan DeBuitlear, Gurjit Dhinsa, Ben Steinitz

Verbatim Audio Support

Pippa Meyer

Company Stage Manager

Andrew Reed

Deputy Stage Manager

Meg Charlton

Assistant Stage Manager

Gallery

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Pricing

Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Previews/Press Night£21£31
All other performances£10£29£40
  • Friends Priority Saver: Book the same number of tickets for four or more productions and save 20%. All Saver tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction. Only available during Friends Priority Booking period (12-18 March)
  • Friends Single Production Discount: £2 off non-saver tickets
  • Groups 8+ Monday and Tuesday: £26 per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Wednesday - Friday: £5 off each ticket
  • Groups 40+ Wednesday - Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser
  • School and College Groups 10+ Monday - Friday: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
  • Over 60s Monday - Thursday: £2 off
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Half Price
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Standby from one hour before the performance: £8.50
  • Family tickets (excludes Saturday evenings): Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Book early for the best prices Prices are guaranteed until Monday 4 April and are then subject to change
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • All venues: Discounts do not apply to Previews and Press Nights
  • Friends: Up to four discounted tickets per production
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds Log in to your account to see Prologue seats

All Day Menu

Special Offer for Our Generation bookers

Pre-Show All Day Menu in the Minerva Bar & Grill
Choose any main meal from the all day menu and savour a single estate filter coffee or speciality tea or juice or soft drink before the show. 

Interval Booster
Enjoy a soft drink and a brownie bite (collect at either interval at your convenience).

All for just £17.95 when booked in advance with your ticket. 

Please note: you will need to print your e-ticket for as it will be stamped four times - once per item received. 

All Day Menu

Content and themes

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to give away plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that this may be updated nearer the time of the production as staging details are confirmed.

If you have any questions or feedback, do email us at marketing@cft.org.uk

Our Generation
Language: Very strong 
Nudity: None
Violence: References to violent assault, sexual abuse, shooting
Themes: Growing up: teenage angst, peer pressure, parent-teenager challenges, academic pressure, drugs, the COVID-19 pandemic

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Details.

Age Guidance 
Ages 13+
Running Time
Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes, including two intervals