The Hate Play

 Friendship and anti-bullying performance and workshops in secondary schools


Ideally suited to Year 9

Performance length: 50 minutes with post-show workshop

Audience number: approximately 150

Venue: ideally on the flat in a school hall with the audience on four sides


The Play

A powerful and interactive play which portrays the devastating effects bullying can have on friendship and on the health and emotional well-being of a group of young people. The members of the student audience are placed at the heart of the action and challenged both to recognise the reality of what happens and to think of ways in which it could have been prevented, both in the fictional world of the play and in the real world of their own environment.


“I will remember the part when I cried! It touched my heart so, so much. I felt so sorry for Vic. The message from the play that I will remember is this: no matter who you are and where you come from, what you believe in and what your traditions are, you are still a cool person in your own way and have nothing to be afraid of.”

Year 9 student


“The whole performance was brilliant. Questioning the students and getting the responses back engaged and challenged them. The students all commented to other staff how good it was. It will have shown students how bullying can affect people and it will make students think before they do the wrong thing.”

Anti-bullying Co-ordinator and Year 9 Phase Leader


The Project

The project will involve a tour of the play to 20 secondary schools in the four quarters of London. The company will then return to four representative schools to engage the students in the task of developing a sequel to the original play. Looking at storyline, characters, language and themes, the Box Clever facilitators and artists will work with the young people to turn their ideas into both performance and written script excerpts which will be shared at a Gathering.


Creative Team

For autumn 2018: performed by Michael Holden, Miles Jovian , Rhiannon Skerritt, Lateshia Howell and Pid’or Tampa; music by Miles Jovian and Pid’or Tampa; costume design by Sorcha Corcoran; photography by Lidia Crisafulli; filmed by John O’Connor; stage management by Pip Thurlow; written by Michael Wicherek; directed by Kimberley Sykes.


Confirmed project partner

The Mark and the Marked Project is kindly supported by