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Finding Comfort – the play

Here we go! 6 weeks til blast off.

This text appears in Newsletter 6 which will be released the week beginning 9th June.

“ALL life is valuable. YOUNG life is priceless.
A society that won’t nurture its children,
which won’t invest in its future,
doesn’t have one….”

It’s been a year in the making but believe me, it’ll be worth the wait…

In the first week of next term, the school’s Theatre Company, Running with Scissors will present its latest work,

Finding Comfort Where You Can, in This, the Ruin of Civilisation…”

It must be said from the outset, this is NOT a play for students not in High School. The cast has assigned it a rating of PG13+ – Mature Themes.

The setting of the play IS the world of “Blade Runner”. That vision of the future was first described by Philip K Dick in the original novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” in 1968. THEN it was pure fantasy. By the time Ridley Scott got to it in 1982, it had become a distinctly possible future.
By the 90’s it had become a probability, and for us, working on this play today, the darkness of a future driven by climate change, gene-geneering, nanotechnology and 3D printing approaches being an inevitability.
It will take a global paradigm shift to avoid it and we hope that this play might stimulate thought, debate and ideally action in that direction.

Most of the characters in this play are very young children, who, having been abandoned must band together to survive in a world where those who OUGHT to be most trusted, adults, are in fact the predators they must most fear and avoid at all costs.
Many of the characters in this play have had and are having horrible existences and we don’t shy away from describing them.
It is a great comfort to me that some [not all] of the cast are still unworldly [sheltered] enough to be horrified by the lives that their characters are forced to endure.
It is no comfort at all to know that for children in many parts of the world today this play is not a future dystopian fantasy but their present life that they are struggling to survive.
Too many of them won’t.

The irony of this play is that the only characters with even a vestige of humanity are the ones who aren’t actually human at all….

Tuesday July 21st –Saturday 25th @ 7:30 pm in the [TRANSFORMED!] Adelaide High School Hall.

Tickets on sale SOON.

Watch out for the trailer on the website!

Go to http://www.ahsrunningwithscissors.org/ for more stuff.

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