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Our Place was written by scriptwriter David Lane following a series of school workshops in two secondary schools aimed at ensuring the young people’s feelings, ideas, and voice informed and were central to the script. It was also important the play referenced Lincolnshire geographically through place names, and contained local issues relevant to the young people today.
The script was based on three young people, Josh, Ali and Beth, who live in a village in Lincolnshire. Young people from Year 7 performed as the chorus in three sections of the piece known as ‘our space’.
‘They’ve already decided what our truth is. So much easier not to question it.’
Ali’s parents have moved the family from Skegness because ‘… imams shouldn’t run assemblies’. Josh’s Mum has moved their family from Lincoln because his Dad had a crisis of faith. Beth’s living with her grandparents and grieving for her Mum, but discovering strength in the church. Each young person carries a story that has left them on the outside.
Three eleven-year-olds from across Lincolnshire are thrown together at the end of Year 6, their normal lives ripped from their foundations. In a rural village in the heart of the county, they form a friendship, forging new identities as they hurtle towards the end of term. But their friendship is only as complete as the stories they’re willing to share – and as the summer holidays approach, their futures depend on questioning the truths of the generations above them. If you knew you believed in something different, would you stand up and be counted?
Tackling faith, diversity, spiritual growth and the generational divide from the perspectives of three eleven-year-olds, Our Place takes young audiences on a journey they’ll immediately recognise. Exploring challenging questions about identity in an ever-changing local and national landscape, it stages the tough realities of making change in a world run by adults whilst celebrating the positivity of difference.