Acclaimed writer and actress Ambreen Razia (Murdered by my Father, BBC Three) brings her hard-hitting drama POT to Brighton next week, showing at Dorothy Stringer school. A story of Britain’s forgotten children, care-leavers adrift and at the mercy of gang culture, the play follows the fortunes of 16 year old Louisa, who wakes up in a council flat to find her boyfriend missing and a notorious drug-dealer on her back.
Razia’s first play, Diary of a Hounslow Girl, debuted to critical acclaim, toured nationally and has been commissioned by BBC Three for a pilot, and POT sees Ambreen working again with director Sophie Moniram, one of the Old Vic 12 class of 18 and Creative Associate of the Gate Theatre. Razia, who won Best Newcomer in the Asian Media Awards 2016, says “POT is a raw tale set in inner-city London and it pulls no punches. It raises questions about why young people who leave care, form families on the streets. I want to capture these stories which go untold, the voices which echo from the underbelly of our cities; nobody should be exempt from seeing themselves reflected back at them. I believe that through theatre we can help tell stories which centre around young people who are unheard, mis-represented or exploited, enabling us to break down misconceptions and dismantle damaging stereotypes.”
Pot is commissioned by the Ovalhouse and supported by Stratford Circus Arts Centre. It plays Dorothy Stringer School as a Brighton Dome production on October 4, before touring.
Thurs 4 October 7.30
Dorothy Stringer High School