There’s only so many times you can be called a shit before you start believing it.
It is estimated that around 100,000 children run away from home every year.
Now, in a change to the usual festive frivolities Niall Ransome, a member of Olivier Award winning Mischief Theatre Company, moves into London’s Bunker Theatre to explore the important issue of runaways in FCUK’D.
In an alternative show for the Xmas period, his monologue deals with abandonment, loyalty, family and the real experiences of young working-class lads in Britain today.
FCUK’D tells the brutal and heartfelt story of a teenage boy who kidnaps his younger brother in an attempt to flee his decrepit council flat and escape his daily encounters with the authorities.
This one-man show, written entirely in verse, switches between the innocence of childhood and the very real struggle of being fcuk’d by an unfair system.
With only each other to rely on and with nowhere to turn, the boys must keep on the move to avoid being found and the consequences that entails.
Playwright Niall Ransome said: “For me, writing about what you know was a great starting point and I’m interested in voices you don’t often hear in the theatre.
“Everyone has a right to their story being heard. I thought a lot about my own experiences at school in Hull and some of the young lads I grew up with.
“We cast judgement when we don’t know the full story. We ignore someone on the street or on the tube.
“A headline in a newspaper does enough to warrant a strong reaction about someone but without reading it we don’t fully understand.
“We don’t take the time. We all have stories to tell, we’re all worthy and important and I feel that in a world of blockbuster movies and special effects we have a responsibility to still tell stories of real people”.
The 55-minute long FCUK’D runs at The Bunker Theatre from December 11 – 30.