It’s school election time and while most of the school is busy enjoying their lunchbreak, a deadlock is taking place amongst the members of the school council. Bitter rivalries, secret alliances and false promises are laid bare. As a ruthless battle ensues, who will win and does anyone really care?
A play about politics, populism and the ‘ping’ of a text message.
Cast size: 14 - 30
Why we wrote this play
“We wanted to create something that would appeal as much to young theatre lovers, as it would to young individuals who wouldn’t normally think about going near a stage. A tale that depicts not only contemporary social divisions, but also reflects our current fraught political climate.”
Beginning life as underground rapper Doc Brown, Ben Bailey-Smith has diversified profoundly, moving into mainstream TV and Film acting, stand up, playwriting, screenwriting and children’s books. He has a host of notable television and film performances under his belt including a starring role in ITV’s Law & Order, C4’s The Inbetweeners, Derek, the 2016 Gervais movie David Brent: Life on the Road. He received accolades for his role in the ITV1 hit drama Brief Encounters. He has also written music for the movies Attack The Block and Quartet.
Smith boasts a wide following amongst children, starring in and writing for the cult CBBC animation Strange Hill High and creating and co-writing the BAFTA winning Four O’Clock Club on CBBC, now into its fifth series. His first children’s book, the Walker/Candlewick-published I Am Bear is on sale worldwide and been an instant hit with critics and readers alike. The follow up, Bear Moves, will be released in February 2019. He has a third picture book called Get A Move On! Due to be released by Bloomsbury in 2019 and is currently working on a novel for 8-11 year olds.
CLASS is Ben’s second commission for the stage. He previously wrote a monologue for the Arinzé Kene project One Voice at the Old Vic, to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.
Lajaune Lincoln is a London based screenwriter.
In 2009 he co-directed his second written feature ‘Other Side of the Game’ which played at several festivals before an international release in the US, Canada and Australia.
His current slate includes the high concept neo-noir ‘Real Eyes’; and industry satire ‘The One That Got Away’ featured in both Screen International and The Hollywood Reporter.
Alongside his writing partner Ben Bailey-Smith he is now working on a number of television shows for their production company Bust-A-Gut.
CLASS is his first foray into writing for the stage and proved to be an ideal match for his style of sophisticated storytelling with a subversive punch.