A plethora of stars have signed to be part of a performance that dramatises the testimonies of young children growing up in Rammulotsi, a small rural township in the Free State province of South Africa.
Directed by Danny Boyle, the performance of The Children’s Monologues will star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Alfie Allen, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Zawe Ashton, Cressida Bonas, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Josh Hartnett, Daniel Kaluuya, Rose Leslie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, James McAvoy, Wunmi Mosaku and David Thewlis.
Invited to describe a day that made their soul happy or sad, The Children’s Monologues retell the true stories of young people expressing personal experiences in their own words.
Five years ago the original Monologues brought together an all-star cast for a night of unique and unmissable theatre. The 2015 anniversary gala will feature brand new writing and contributors, never to be seen again.
Proceeds will benefit Dramatic Need, a creative arts charity helping vulnerable children in South Africa and Rwanda to build hope and self-belief in the face of conflict, trauma and hardship. The charity believes in use of the creative arts as a non-threatening way of addressing development issues and trauma in children. Working in rural communities, Dramatic Need volunteers use tools such as drama, art and film-making to encourage dialogue within the community on ‘taboo’ subjects such as HIV awareness, ethnic violence and gender disparity.
The performance will take place at the Royal Court Theatre in London on October 25. Find out more here.