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Chickenshed performs Crime of the Century at The Accidental Festival

Crime of the Century

Theatre news

CHICKENSHED are returning to The Accidental Festival on Sunday, May 12, 2013, to perform their hugely successful production, Crime of the Century, which deals with the issues of knife crime and gang violence.

Following three tragic young deaths of teenagers associated with Chickenshed, the company embarked on producing a piece of theatre that could be used as a positive tool in the fight against the hopeless savagery of knife crime.

The resulting show, Crime of the Century, completed a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009 and a hugely acclaimed tour of the UK since 2010 until the present day. The production has received rave reviews from audiences, media press, educationalists and workers at the front line dealing with young people.

Crime of the Century is based on real-life stories re-counted by those that have had first-hand experience of knife crime and gang violence issues, including interviews with victims, perpetrators, families, surgeons, police officers and ex-offenders.

The performance uses words, movement and a contemporary score of hip-hop and dance music to engage with young people at risk of offending or becoming a victim of gang violence. The cast is made up of individuals, some of whom have been directly affected by the brutality of knife crime and have a continued interest in the anti-gang violence agenda.

A question and answer opportunity and workshop will follow the performance, where the audience will have the opportunity to add their own insights in to how gang violence and knife crime have become part of their culture.

Now in its eighth year, The Accidental Festival is produced by second-year students on the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice: Performance Arts course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Returning to the Roundhouse for its third consecutive year – May 9 to May 12, 2013 – The Accidental Festival is an annual opportunity for artists to share work, take risks, and present fresh ideas to a diverse audience.