London’s youth speaks out about knife crime in Fox Hunting at Courtyard Theatre

Fox Hunting, a thought-provoking piece of verbatim theatre about knife crime, comes to the London’s Courtyard Theatre this May. It couldn’t be more prescient.

Twenty-one-year-old, David Alade’s, new play explores how knife crime affects the lives of those who perpetrate them as well as the victims, and how it has become a sad normality for teenagers growing up in the capital.

Fox Hunting is based on transcripts of interviews with South Londoners directly affected by knife crime.

Five boys – T, Lawrence, Jake, Joshua and Darral – explain and share their experiences with knife crime and how it has affected their way of living.

They compare their innocence to that of foxes that fell victim to fox hunting.

With nearly 40,000 recorded knife crime offences and 80 fatalities in 2017, knife crime is still one of the UK’s worst criminal issues, nowhere more prevalently than in London.

Fox Hunting came about when David Alade decided that the stories of many youths in South London needed to be heard.

Collecting transcripts from real people, who chose to remain anonymous, Alade has combined their stories into this stark piece that catches the real stories of knife crime, as well as the laughter and remorse of real people, both the victims and the perpetrators.

This new play is brought to the Courtyard by Elah Productions; a new theatrical company that supports new talent that is looking to tell stories in a refreshing and artistic way.

The show features performers Chris J Gordon, Devante Mavour, Joshua Lewis and Quinton Arigi, alongside Alade himself.

David Alade was born in South-East London and raised in Peckham. David has a BA(Hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

While studying at Anglia Ruskin, he joined the Identity School of Acting – well known for developing talents like John Boyega (Star Wars) and Letitia Wright (Black Panther).

He featured in BRIT Award winning Stormzy’s Gang Signs and Prayer short film/music video directed by Rollo Jackson, in which he played the lead role, Thomas.

Fox Hunting runs at the Courtyard Theatre from May 1 – 19.

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