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Positive Stories for Negative Times is an international participatory project by Wonder Fools in association with the Traverse Theatre.

Welcome to Season 2, which is all about coming together, embarking on new processes and changing the way we think about theatre for young people. Wonder Fools have commissioned some of the UK’s most exciting voices to create new work for those between the ages of 6 and 25. Artists include Bryony Kimmings, Douglas Maxwell, Hannah Lavery, Debris Stevenson, The PappyShow, Wonder Fools and Traverse Young Writer Ellen Bannerman. The plays are written specifically for the times we are living in and will be free to participating groups from September 2021 — March 2021.

Get Involved

Wonder Fools are inviting any group working with young people aged between 6 and 25 to get involved. All participating groups will be sent their chosen script to perform rights free, a handbook of exercises to help their group explore, perform and document the play, and given a pin on the map where they will be able to upload and share their final performance with other youth groups around the UK and beyond.

Groups can include youth theatres, schools, colleges or anyone working with young people in need of some creativity and connection. No theatre experience is necessary as the handbook provides a step-by-step guide through the process. The entire project is designed to work either live in the space, through blended learning or completely online.

This year, there’s no set outcome, it’s all about going on a process together. Start with a Positive Stories play as a stimulus and then create anything you want. Here are a few examples of what you could produce:

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Get Involved

The Plays

Positive Stories For Negative Times: Season 2 includes 7 exciting new with varying and flexible cast sizes. The writers have been working with the new Positive Stories Youth Board to ensure that the plays are not only made for young people, but with them too.

All the ‘plays’ are very different and we believe there’s something for everyone no matter their size, age or experience of making theatre. We say ‘plays’ because not all are traditional plays, some of based around devising and are a blue-print for your group to base their own work around.

Spyrates (Spies vs Pirates): Journey to the Forbidden Island
by Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse

Ahoy, Agent! Are you team Spies? Or are you team Pirates? Come join the adventure and the search for the lost treasure! Ages 6+

Explore Spyrates (Spies vs Pirates): Journey to the Forbidden Island

At First I Was Afraid… (I Was Petrified!)
by Douglas Maxwell

A fast-paced comedy drama with loads of bright characters, big set pieces, twists and turns and a huge sing-a-long happy ending…oh, and a mad bit with a Fairy Godperson. Ages 11+

Explore At First I Was Afraid… (I Was Petrified!)

The Raven
by Hannah Lavery

A play full of adventure and an exploration of what shapes and what divides us, exploring issues of blended families, bullying, overeating, depression and isolation. Ages 11+

Explore The Raven

Thanks for Nothing
by The PappyShow

What are you thankful for? Not the big things. Not the deep things. What are the little, everyday things which give you moments of gratitude and joy? Ages 11+

Explore Thanks for Nothing

by Bryony Kimmings

We are agents of the revolution. How do we revolt? How do we not get into trouble? Where do we get power and then how do we use it for good? Ages 13+

Explore Revolting

The Skirt
by Ellen Bannerman

Based on Gogol’s short story, ‘The Nose’, this is an absurdist parable for the next generation of feminists. Ages 16+

Explore The Skirt

Write to Rave: Step Pon
by Debris Stevenson

A mash up of movement, music, poetry and lyrics. As funny and surreal as it is moving and political. Ages 18+

Explore Write to Rave: Step Pon

Season 1 (2019—20)

Last year’s writers were Sabrina Mahfouz, Stef Smith, Chris Thorpe, Bea Webster and Wonder Fools. Featuring a staggering 2,700 young people and nearly 282 groups spanning Outer Hebrides to Madrid, Stockholm to Quebec. Check out the amazing work from Season One here. You can also buy the anthology of all 5 plays.

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