Peer Productions are proud to be working in partnership with Guildford School of Acting to bring you the first public performance of Nina Lemon's new play Masking on Friday 17th March at 7.30pm at the PATS Studio Theatre, University of Surrey. Tickets can be bought via https://www.peerproductions.co.uk/box-office
Brand new for 2023, Masking is designed to address the impact of modern life on teenagers’ mental health and invites the audience to develop their empathy skills by stepping inside the different characters’ heads, discovering what they are masking and what’s happening beneath the surface.
This 70 minute one act play is suitable for young people aged 12+.
When the school’s lockdown alarm sounds everyone assumes it’s a drill. But soon a group of year 9 students find themselves stuck in a geography classroom with only Deputy Head Prefect Jamie to keep them under control. It becomes clear that the school is in lockdown because of an ‘incident’ with a pupil. While the group speculate as to the identity of the student and the nature of the ‘incident' it slowly emerges that, although no one’s talking about it, the students are all grappling with mental health issues of their own. Holly’s obsessed with Instagram even though she knows it could be damaging her. The change of routine has neurodivergent Billy feeling overwhelmed. Alex is burdened with the responsibility of speaking up for all LGBTQ+ people. Nadia’s triggered to remember her distressing journey to the UK and Rosie’s terrified that the planet is dying. Jamie’s anxious, Dom’s worried about his sister and Nancy’s up on the roof.
Date: Friday 17th March 2023