Play: Little Revolution
Synopsis: In the summer of 2011 London was burning. Alecky Blythe took her Dictaphone to the streets. From the helicopters circling overhead to the burnt out buildings on the street, this explosive verbatim play records the voices and stories of a fractured community at the epicenter.
Published by: Nick Hern Books, London. http://www.nickhernbooks.co.uk/Book/1649/Little-Revolution.html
Cast Breakdown: 7 men, 5 women.
In addition a community chorus of approximately 12 or more teenage boys and girls to play the rioters and to appear in the other big group scenes such as the tea party.
Set: Minimal. A bare stage with some chairs. The audience wrapped around.
Costume: Contemporary urban London.
Playwright Website: http://unitedagents.co.uk/node/7355
Agent: Rose Cobbe at United Agents, London. RCobbe@unitedagents.co.uk
N.B. If the rights for a professional production are sought, the verbatim audio that corresponds to the play text would also be provided and necessary in order to produce the play.
Bio: Alecky Blythe is a playwright and actor. She won a Time Out Award for her first play, Come Out Eli, and was selected as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow in 2007. Alecky's London Road won Best Musical at the Critics' Circle Awards and was revived in 2012 at the National Theatre in the Olivier after its sellout in the Cottesloe in 2011. She was also involved in Headlong Theatre's production of Decade, she co-wrote Friday Night Sex with Michael Wynne for the Royal Court, Where Have I Been All My Life? for the New Vic Stoke and most recently Little Revolution for the Almeida.
In 2003, Alecky set up Recorded Delivery (Verbatim Theatre Company). The term “recorded delivery” has now become synonymous with the verbatim technique she employs. For Recorded Delivery she wrote and performed in All the Right People Come Here at the New Wimbledon Studio and Cruising at the Bush.
Her work includes Strawberry Fields for Pentabus , I Only Came Here for Six Months commissioned by the British Council in Brussels, The Girlfriend Experience at the Royal Court and the Drum which transferred to the Young Vic. In 2010 she won a Fringe First Award for Do We look Like Refugees?! at the Assembly Rooms, the show was first performed at the Rustaveli Theatre in Georgia in collaboration with the National Theatre Studio and the British Council.
For television she wrote A Man in a Box, a drama documentary for Channel 4, and wrote and co-directed The Riots ; In their Words, a drama documentary for BBC Two. For film she has adapted London Road into a screenplay, produced by BBC Films and Cuba Pictures, which will be released in June 2014. She is currently writing a short film for BBC Four for the Dialogues strand that will be re-launching drama on the channel this summer. She studied theatre at the University of Warwick and trained at Mountview Academy.
Little Revolution -Photos Credit: Almeida Theatre Company