Amazing! 1pm and 6pm Tuesday 6th July

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• Members of GLA and celebrities invited to take part in a debate with young people as part of a performance at The Scoop Theatre outside the GLA building.

• Amazing! Explores celebrity and society’s obsession with it
Full Programme: 1pm Lunchtime Performance of Amazing!
3pm Filmed Debate
6pm Main Performance of Amazing! Full details at http://www.peopleinco...

Inspired by Starsuckers the controversial film by Chris Atkins about celebrity, a group of school children from Kingsmead and Southgate Schools in Enfield and Southgate North London are taking over the theatre connected to City Hall next week to run an event called Amazing!

The students ranging in age from 13 to 18 have invited members of the GLA to attend the performance and take part in a forum which they have devised in conjunction with the playwright Ashmeed Sohoye and theatre director Corinne Micallef.

Part politics part performance Amazing! re-creates the idea of theatre as a means to public debate and as a creative response to the major issues of the day. It takes its inspiration from the Ancient Greeks.

The issue of the day that the young people of North London were most interested in was Celebrity. Not solely because they all wanted to be famous but because they also felt they could see its negative side. Their attraction to celebrity and conversely the pressure to become famous is what the play and the debate are built around. Members of the Greater London Assembly and selected celebrities have been invited to join the children and the general public to in a vibrant discussion about this hottest of topics.

The afternoon event takes place in the Scoop an outdoor public space which is built into the base of the new GLA building and is not unlike a modern version of an ancient Greek amphitheatre.

Amazing! the play the students have co created with Ashmeed Sohoye and director Corinne Micallef is performed by 18 students from both schools all performing for the first time. Trisha, a girl from Enfield, wins Happy House and is plunged into celebrity life. It is a story of modern obsession and the irresistible world of beauty, celebrity and fame. How far can adoration go? Are celebrities role models or best friends? Young people get the chance to present their ideas on power and attraction of the media and how celebrities influence kids more than parents, teachers and friends. The celebrity experience is a real experience for some young people at Kingsmead School with performing arts status who had the chance to become mini-celebrities when Denise Van Outen came to the school to pick five for a production of Hairspray in 2008. Well known for his powerful plays dealing with young peoples issues Ashmeed Sahoye , a writer and learning mentor at Kingsmead School is in a unique position to understand young peoples lives. He has written numerous plays for and about young people including his most recently critically acclaimed play ‘Rigged’ about underachieving working class white boys. http://entertainment....

This is the first of a series of events of newly formed Theatre Agon/ People in Common that combines theatre with real life issues and real people in public spaces. The idea was created by architectural and theatre designer Teresa Hoskyns (designer of the Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens theatre tent) and has been developed in conjunction with Kingsmead School CS Mark Barrett and creative producer Jacqueline Steinmetz .

For further information please contact either Teresa Hoskyns on[masked] or email [masked]

Amazing! Performances are at 1pm and 6pm on Tuesday 6th July.
Entry free.

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http://www.starsucker... Directions to the Scoop: The Scoop is situated between London Bridge and Tower Bridge on the south bank of the Thames. Map of site, including theatre marked 'The Scoop' is at http://www.morelondon...

By Tube/train to London Bridge
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Circle line, District line or DLR
By Bus to Tooley Street
47, RV1
By Bus to Tower Bridge Rd
42, 78, 188, 381
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London Snowsfields NCP

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