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'3' - School Play 2011

Rainham Mark Grammar School Drama Presents

2010/2011 Production


Three Plays:

‘Shut Up’ By Andrew Payne

‘Blackout’ By Davey Anderson

‘The Dummy Tree’ By Conor Mitchell


In the School Hall & Drama Studio

Tuesday 22nd March 7:00 p.m. ‘Shut Up’ (Hall)

Thursday 24th March 7:00 p.m. ‘Blackout’ (Studio)

Friday 25th March 7:00 p.m. ‘The Dummy Tree’ (Hall)

Saturday 26th March 7:00 p.m. (Performances of all three plays in aid of Comic Relief in the School Hall)



By Andrew Payne

‘Shut up’ is about a boy who decides to stop talking. Dexter, the main character, opts for silence, and in the course of the play that silence becomes more eloquent than any of the babble that surrounds him. Dexter is surrounded by people—parents, teachers, classmates, shrinks and doctors—who are talking at him all the time, and what they’re saying is evasive, self-serving and often downright lies. The background to all this babble is television; the incessant, subliminal soundtrack in millions of homes, squatting there in the corner, seducing, bullying and cajoling us night and day. Sometimes we need straight answers, we need to be direct with people and we need them to be direct with us. That’s what Dexter wants. But no-one hears him. Its just too noisy. So he shuts up.



By Davey Anderson

‘Blackout’ was originally commissioned by the National Theatre as part of their ‘’Theatre of Debate’ season in 2008. The idea behind the project was to create a series of short plays with young people in the front line of issues making headlines in the newspapers at the time—things like teenage pregnancy, homelessness, exclusion from school, and, in the case of ‘Blackout’, violent crime. The NT got in touch with various young people’s charities in different parts of the UK and teamed up local playwrights with teenagers who had a story to tell.

 In Glasgow, Davey Anderson was put in touch with a teenage boy who was being mentored by Barnado’s Youth Involvement Project. He had been charged with assault, arson and attempted murder, but was lucky to be serving only a probation sentence. Davey interviewed this young man over the course of a few weeks and was struck with how eloquently he spoke about his experiences and how much he wanted to take control of his life. Davey’s resulting play is a fictionalised account of the events surrounding the crime the young man committed. The play attempts to get the audience thinking about what leads young people to commit violent acts, how they should be punished (or rehabilitated) and crucially, how these kinds of crimes can be prevented.



By Conor Mitchell

‘The Dummy Tree’ begins with two people, each at a moment of crisis, coming to a special place to seek clarity for the momentous decisions they have to make. It is not immediately apparent how they and their stories are related and writer Conor Mitchell likens the unfolding of the piece to the peeling of an orange: ‘We don’t know at first that these people are sharing a bench separated by many years, in different realities. The audience slowly gathers clues and new bits of information about what’s happening and who they are until finally, at the end, the penny drops.’


'The Dummy Tree' & 'Blackout Director: Mr Mount

'Shut Up' Director: Mrs Skinner

Production Manager: Mr Tye

Lighting Design/Operating: Liam Hawkes & Adam Wigmore

Set Design (Dummy Tree): Emilia Sutherland & Holly Seager

Front of House team: Gina Benham & Billie Negus


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