6th – 15th July 2018

Bounce Theatre and students from Chessington Community College are delighted to be exhibiting at the Rose Theatre as part of The International Youth Festival.

#Lonely features the work of a group of Year 10 drama students, who with the support of artists, have conceived and built a city imagined through the eyes of the lonely.

#Lonely was created after a period of devising performance which were then translated into stories for a visual art and photography project.

The collection of images will be installed on the third floor of the Rose Theatre for the duration of the International Youth Festival after a successful showcase at the Saatchi Gallery.

The work originated from a commission from The Royal Borough of Kingston, looking at young people’s views on urban living.  The group decided to focus on themes of mental health and well being. “Personally, mental health is really important to me, it affects so many people and with some people there is such a old fashioned attitude of mental heath being kept quiet. Thankfully that’s not the case anymore, people don’t judge you for mental health and it is becoming more common for most people to talk about it which is such a great thing.’ James Murphy Year 10.

The photography blends visual art with stories of citizen’s loneliness that seep into the walls of a city. Accompanying the exhibit is a piece of work created by the students and their local primary schools. The Village of Kindness is a response to #lonely, imagining what is possible when we remove the limits of our imagination to build a kinder place to live and thus reduce loneliness.

The exhibition is free to attend.

More info on The Rose Theatre

Please note due to unforeseen circumstances, the students performance of #Lonely at IYAF has had to be cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.