In August 2018, 19 Mulberry students and 11 Mulberry staff will be visiting the Edinburgh Festival to perform a brand new piece of theatre created over the past six months. The play, called Cry God for Harry, England and St George! will be performed eight times at the festival, and we are also planning a special one-off performance in the West End in London in September.
Cry God for Harry, England and St George! has been inspired by Mulberry’s ongoing work with the Donmar Warehouse alongside Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Shakespeare productions, as well as being written in response to a specific Islamophobic threat that took place during the creation of the piece. During the creation of the play, students also examined questions about what it means to be British, as well as looking at Shakespeare and what makes a great leader. In particular, we were inspired by the leadership exhibited by teenagers in Florida following the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.
The play follows a group of young East London women as they attempt to stage a production of Shakespeare’s Henry V, before they receive a copy of the infamous ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letter through the post. We then see how the group react to coming under threat, and how they decide to stand up to those who wish them harm. The play explores what it means to be British, what it takes to be a leader, and how a group of young people can change the world.
Click here https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/cry-god-for-harry-england-and-st-george to book tickets for the show.