It was an ordinary week on the usually sleepy Isle of Sheppey… until the shadows appeared.
Sheppey Shadows is a 55-minute audio drama commissioned by Icon Theatre, co-created with and performed by primary school pupils, and a youth theatre, on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. Devised through a series of weekly workshops, students were guided in creating characters, choosing locations, scripting scenes and performing for audio.
The finished play features local young people performing alongside professional actors, and a soundtrack of 'found sounds' from around the island itself. It was premiered at a listening party on Sheerness Beach in summer 2022, and can now be heard in full play for free below!
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DETECTIVE CLARSSON / OLD MAN / BOBBY / ALBERT PICKLE
AGENT PEELY / MARJORIE / ALEXA
SOUND DESIGN & PRODUCTION
Sheppey Shadows was an Applied Stories project, commissioned by Icon Theatre. Co-created with Queenborough School and Nursery, Minster–in–Sheppey Primary School, and Icon Theatre’s Theatre31 Youth Theatre (Sheppey).
Funded by the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, made possible thanks to National Lottery players and administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of the Arts Council.
Theatre31 is funded by Arts Council England in partnership with Medway Council, Kent County Council & ROH Bridge, with support from the Medway and Sheppey LCEPs (Local Cultural Education Partnerships)