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Calderdale Theatre School has several original plays available for performance by other youth theatres. All have been successful and are available with production notes.

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The Boy Preference

The Boy Preference

By Elinor Cook

Performed 7:30pm 20th February 2015 (Orangebox), 4:00pm 21st February 2015 (Orangebox), 7:30pm 21st February 2015 (Orangebox)


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In an affluent suburb in the near future, the birth of a boy is welcomed with shouts of joy and firecrackers, but when a girl is born, the neighbours say nothing. One night, Joey looks out of his bedroom window and sees many young women with a strange glow around them - are they the 'missing women'? Why have they come back?

Performed in the purpose-built Orangebox Studio Theatre, don't miss this chance to see one of the most exciting young companies in the area perform a hugely original piece of new writing.

Following previous successes with Prince of Denmark (Square Chapel, West Yorkshire Playhouse, National Theatre) (2012) and The Wardrobe (Orangebox, West Yorkshire Playhouse) (2014), Calderdale Theatre School returns to National Theatre Connections in 2015 with The Boy Preference by Elinor Cook (winner of the George Devine Award 2013 for Most Promising Playwright). Produced and directed by ex-members of the Theatre School itself from Director to Stage Manager, this play explores real-life issues of sexism, inequality and finding your place both in your own skin and in your own gender.


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