An urgent and explosive play that explores of the pressures on young people today in the wake of advancing technology.
When a naked photograph of Scarlett goes viral, she becomes the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons. But while rumours run wild and everyone forms an opinion, Scarlett just stays silent...
With roles for up to twenty-four young female actors (though it can also be performed by a smaller cast), the play is perfect for any schools, youth theatres or drama groups looking to tackle a contemporary subject in a theatrically exciting way.
Specially commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Girls Like That was developed through work with young people from the three theatres and first performed by their youth theatre companies in 2013. It was revived at the Unicorn Theatre, London, in November 2014.
Girls Like That was named Best Play for Young Audiences at the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards 2015.
Also available in the volume Girls Like That and other plays for teenagers.
Blog entry: Sexting in Parliament: insights from the writer and director of Girls Like That - Back in January, members of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Youth Theatre travelled to Westminster to perform an extract from the play Girls Like That in Parliament as part of the launch of YoungMinds Vs, a new children’s mental health campaign... Read more >>
'Placey’s eye-opening, often uncomfortably honest play... deserves to be widely seen by teenage audiences. And by their parents too'
'[tackles] strong, relevant issues... a well-written, immaculately crafted and brave piece of energetic theatre'
'An urgent, powerful and haunting examination... I can see this play becoming a very popular resource for 16+ groups and that will be no bad thing'
Evan Placey is a Canadian-British playwright. His other work includes Mother of Him and Holloway Jones, which won the Brian Way Award for Best Play for Young People, and Pronoun, commissioned as part of the 2014 National Theatre Connections Festival.