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Baby Girl, DNA and The Miracle - National Theatre

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Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A TRIO of plays for teenagers – Baby Girl, DNA and The Miracle – will open at the Cottesloe Theatre on February 28, 2008 (previews from February 16) before continuing in repertoire.

Each under an hour long, with tales of unwanted pregnancy, group misdemeanours and life-changing events, they are described as cool, honest snap-shots of life in the transition to adulthood.

Originally developed for the Connections programme, they will be directed by Paul Miller, with designs by Simon Daw and lighting by Paule Constable.

The cast includes Ruby Bentall, Ian Bonar, Clare Burt, Nicole Charles, Gregg Chillin, Rebecca Cooper, Sam Crane, Claire Foy, Troy Glasgow, Jack Gordon, Claire Lams, Petra Letang, Candassaie Liburd, Henry Lloyd Hughes, Apaiketuya Marchant, Ryan Sampson, Winston Sarpong, Kellie Shirley, Benjamin Smith and Paul Thornley.

Baby Girl by Roy Williams is about Kelle who, at 13, is still a virgin. And if her best friend Danielle knows, then the whole school knows. But will sleeping with the wide-boy wannabe Nathan prove a step too far….?

DNA by Dennis Kelly sees a group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. However, when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where’s the incentive to put things right?

The Miracle by Lin Coghlan. When the canal burst its banks and a holy statue arrived through her bedroom floor, no one was more surprised than 12-year-old Veronica. With the help of her best friend she sets about using her new-found skills to create something magical within her ailing community.

Williams’ plays include Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads (National Theatre), Joe Guy (Soho Theatre), Days of Significance (RSC at the Tricycle), Absolute Beginners (Lyric Hammersmith), and Lift Off and Clubland, for which he won the Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award (Royal Court).

His television credits include Offside, which won the 2002 BAFTA Award for Best Schools Drama, and Bredrens.

Kelly’s work includes Taking Care of Baby (Hampstead and Birmingham Rep), Love and Money (Young Vic and Royal Exchange), Osama the Hero (Hampstead Theatre) and After the End (Paines Plough at the Traverse, Bush and on international tour).

Coghlan’s plays include Kingfisher Blue (Bush Theatre); Mercy and Waking (Soho Theatre); Apache Tears (BAC); and The Night Garden (Northcott, Exeter).

Miller is Artistic Associate at the Bush Theatre and the New Plays Associate at English Touring Theatre. His previous work for the National includes The Enchantment, The History Boys (the revival for the 2007 UK tour and Wyndham’s Theatre, as well as in Los Angeles), and Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads.

His other work includes Total Eclipse (Menier Chocolate Factory), Elling (Bush Theatre and Trafalgar Studios), French Without Tears (ETT), and Honeymoon Suite (Royal Court).

NB. Most performances will consist of two of the above plays, though there are some performances when all three will be performed.