GERM FREE ADOLESCENT

Epsilon Productions & The Bunker presents

GERM FREE ADOLESCENT

written by Natalie Mitchell

directed by Grace Gummer

Ashley is 16. She’s lived in Medway for 15 years and 6 months. She has 2,354 leaflets on sexual health. She knows exactly how many she has, because she’s counted them 1,582 times… At 7.48pm tonight, she will have been going out with Ollie for exactly 3 months, which he thinks means it’s time to take their relationship to the next level; especially given her position as their school’s resident expert on sexual health. But what if counting leaflets can’t protect Ashley from getting hurt when she decides to take her biggest risk yet?

Germ Free Adolescent is an OCD love story that asks: what exactly is 'normal' anyway…?
 
1 in 10 young people experience a mental health problem, but how do you go about discussing this with your first boyfriend or girlfriend? Written by Natalie Mitchell, the play draws on her own mental health experiences, and the painful yet often funny stories collected during an extensive research and development process with young people, youth workers, and Mental Health Services across Medway in Kent during 2014 and 2015. Fierce and funny, serious and irreverent – this play will resonate with anyone who’s ever worried they’re not “normal.”

Germ Free Adolescent was originally commissioned and developed by Script Club, with seed funding from Greenhouse (the House Network) in partnership with LV21, the Brook Theatre, Mid Kent College and Medway CAMHS. 

CAST
Francesca Henry
Jake Richards


CREATIVE TEAM
Director  Grace Gummer
Designer  Lizzy Leech
Lighting Designer  Sherry Coenen
Sound Designer  Nicola Chang
Projection Designer  Heather Pasfield
Production Manager  Zara Janmohamed
Stage Manager  Millie Jones
Casting  Monica Siyanga
PR  Jemma Last PR
Community Engagement Facilitator  Ellie Fulcher 
Producer  Epsilon Productions
Natalie Mitchell writes for theatre, television and radio. She is currently developing original TV projects with The Forge and Red Planet Pictures, is under commission to Synergy Theatre Projects and was named on the BBC New Talent Hot List 2017.  Her theatre work includes Can’t Stand Me Now as part of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Festival; Crawling in the Dark at the Almeida; When They Go Low for the National Theatre Connections programme; and This Wounded Island which recently toured non-traditional theatre spaces in the South East.  TV includes Holby City, Doctors, Ackley Bridge series 2 and 3, and two years as a core writer on EastEnders. Radio includes Proud for BBC Radio 3 and The Man Who Sold the World and Hidden Harm for BBC Radio 4.

Director Grace Gummer was Trainee Director at the Royal Court 2016 – 2017, and is currently Literary Associate. Credits include: ROMAN CANDLE by Tom Fowler (Theatre 503 and tour), REALITY by Stuart Slade (for Royal Court and RWCMD, Gate Theatre), TYPICAL by Ryan Calais Cameron, THE HIGHER WE GO by Zeyana Yussuf, THE SYSTEM by Matthew Gardner, The System (Big Idea), The Site (Royal Court). BUTTER (Winner Outstanding New Work Award 2016, devised by company and writers, Vault Festival).
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