CaPtcHa is a new touring theatre production by Suha Al-Khayyat exploring how a young person can feel they belong to something whilst they work out who they are. The play’s development has been supported by Ola Animashawun (National Theatre Connections, Royal Court) and explores how some young people view their lives through a giant lens, a changeable filter guided by the technology giants, peer pressure and the construct of celebrity.
“Do you ever go to bed at night feeling that the day didn’t belong to you but was controlled by an outside force? How do you know what you want if you haven’t tried everything? Do you find yourself imagining, rather than being? Where to simply walk through a field with the sun on your face, in your way, in your time with the people you love, is invaded by the need for a Selfie. Take a step back as it doesn’t need to be this way, not 24-7 – anyway.”
This project will highlight the role of creative arts in supporting young people’s emotional well-being and will be supported by a series of outreach workshops across Bexley and Greenwich.