London Theatre Workshop premieres a controversial new play this week which, they are at pains to stress, isn’t endorsed by the country’s Scouting movement.
And it’s clear to see why. At a time when the country and its people are squaring up to each other Tribe probes recent major changes within the traditional youth group.
“First they let girls join the Scouts, now they’ve created a uniform especially for muslims, what’s next? ATHEISTS?”
It’s the summer of 2012. Scout Troop 9th Hoddesdon is in training for a competition against hundreds of other troops. The time has come to tighten those woggles and learn some drills.
Order quickly deteriorates as the troop’s six scouts drift into playful imaginary escapades, role-playing and games of power during which they discover their true character.
Scouting policies are under attack nationwide, and now this troop’s members are developing some questions of their own.
Tribe, written by Brandon Force, Matthew McCray & Rowena Russell, is a new play about the history, principles and values of Scouting, their intersection with national pride and expansion, and their relevance with the youth of today.
Created by an international collaboration, the play explores the impact of changes in Scout policies to support inclusion, gender parity and religious freedom.
The production is not endorsed by the Scout Association and is, the writers stress, a work of fiction.
Tribe stars Aaron Phinehas Peters, David Fenne, Georgia Maskery, Marcus Churchill, Nick Pearce, Robert J Clayton, Ross Virgo and Shalana Serafina.
The drama is London Theatre Workshop’s first international collaboration, having been created between London Theatre Workshop members Brandon Force & Rowena Russell, in conjunction with Los Angeles-based Founding Artistic Director of Son of Semele Ensemble, Matthew McCray.
Tribe runs at London Theatre Workshop’s theatre in Leadenhall Market, 88 Gracechurch Street, London ECV3 0DN (above the The New Moon Pub), from Wednesday until July 8.