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The Fall

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James Fritz

Published by Nick Hern Books

Large Mixed Cast
A terrific new play for teenagers, commissioned by the National Youth Theatre from award-winning James Fritz (Ross & Rachel)

Like Evan Placey's Girls Like That and Dennis Kelly's DNA, The Fall is an up-to-the-minute dramatisation of some of the major issues facing teenagers today

Sharp, smart and powerfully hard-hitting, it looks at the differences in opportunities offered to them against those of their grandparents, and explores how attitudes to life - and more importantly - death have changed

Dark and funny it also asks how much can a younger generation, dispossessed and disenfranchised, truly empathise with the old

Especially when their own future is at stake?

The Fall is composed of three pieces, each named for their order in the play ...

In First two lustful teenagers have used a spare key to sneak into a neighbour's empty house where they hope to enjoy a genuine private moment at last

Second shows us decades in the life of a married couple who struggle to build their future whilst looking after an ailing parent

Third is set in the cramped four bed cell in a care home of the future where euthanasia - with a healthy compensation package for their relatives - is a choice given to each of the residents

The Fall offers powerful, stimulating material for teenagers to read, study or perform

Premiered by the National Youth Theatre at the Finborough Theatre, London in August 2016

REVIEWS

★★★★ "Perfectly pitched as a play for young actors sets a new standard for youth theatre" The Stage

★★★★ "Intelligent, absorbing ... confirms Fritz as a major new voice in British drama" ~ The Reviews Hub

"James Fritz's triptych for young people leaves plenty of room for expression and individuality, and is luxuriously self-aware as it delivers a youthful interpretation of age through a filter made up from stereotypical understandings of youth" ~ Exuent Magazine

"Likely to be meaningful for many young casts an engrossing hour"~ Sardines Magazine

'Impressive ... exciting ... captures the spirit of teenage risk-taking while giving young actors the opportunity to face up to once-in-a-lifetime dilemmas' ~ A Younger Theatre

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