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New Views 2022 Winning Play: Barrier(s) by Eloise Pennycott

6 July at 7:30pm & 7 July at 2pm & 7:30pm

Two women fall in love and begin their life together. However, hostility to sign language users is on the rise throughout society. Can the couple's relationship transcend communication, social, and political barriers? 

This year's winning New Views play, Barrier(s) is written by 17-year-old Eloise Pennycott from Southend High School for Girls in Essex. The play was chosen from 427 entries to be given a full production with a professional cast at the Dorfman Theatre. 

Director: Lucy Jane Atkinson
Associate Director: Paula Garfield

Running time: approx. 45 minutes 

Suitable for ages 13+

Photo: Lara Steward and Erin Siobhan Hutching in rehearsal for Barrier(s) at the National Theatre. Credit: Flora Doble. 

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New Views 2022 Shortlisted Plays

We are also delighted to announce the eight shortlisted writers for New Views 2022 whose plays will each receive a professional rehearsed reading in the Clore Learning Centre at the National Theatre.

The eight shortlisted plays are:

An Ocean of Decisions by Alycia Okonta (Mossbourne Community Academy)
Blue by Rae Webb (Forest School)
Find My Body by Sanaa Pasha (Writing for Theatre, NT Young People's programme)
Heart of the Mind by Kayden Best (London Academy of Excellence)
Last Resort by Isaac Reuben (Jewish Community Secondary School)
Teapot Troubles by Loresa Leka (Richmond upon Thames College)
Trolled by Poppy Williamson (Haberdashers' Adams' Grammar School)
You and ME by Maya Haugen-Hestnes (HSDC Alton College and Havant Campus)