bullying │ lies │ deception

A group of teenagers do a bad thing.  A really bad thing.  Then they panic and try to cover the whole thing up, framing an innocent person in the process.

But when they find that their cover-up actually works, and in fact manages to unite the group, and bring peace and harmony to their once fractious lives, where is the incentive to put right their wrongdoing?

Dennis Kelly’s modern play for young people calls society’s response to cruelty, bullying, peer pressure and pack mentality into question.  Are these behaviours societal and learned, or are they inherent in us ALL?

DNA was developed as a part of National Theatre’s Connections Scheme, which commissions playwrights to write plays for young performers aged fourteen to eighteen and Summerseat Players are proud to have stayed true to the original scheme, with the many of the actors and crew coming from our own popular and successful Youth Group.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A STUDIO PRODUCTION - Saturday 23 April 2022 to Saturday 30 April 2022 (no performance on Sunday 24).

Tickets are available now from www.ticketsource.co.uk/summerseatplayers

WARNING: This play contains strong language and themes of violence

Company (in order of appearance)

Jaime Morris

Ralph Botham

Kate Lilley

Sarah Murphy

Stephen Davies

Cameron Watson

Nina Holland-Smith

Samuel Clarke

Ned Schofield

Georgia Horrocks

Caitlin Embury

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Images courtesy of Michael Wray, Sophia Wray and Emma Morris

Our fantastic teaser trailer was produced by Michael Wray (Zemap Video Productions), and directed by Jon Walker with Ste Hopkins.

Directors, Crew & Technical

Jon Walker (Director)

Steven Hopkins (Director)

Freddie Gorton (Asst.Director)

Rebekah Martin

Sophia Wray

Lewis Nixon

Taylor Horrocks

Lucy Bingham

With support from Stephen Davies and Michael Wray

N.B. We regret that access to our Studio is not possible for those in a wheelchair or with limited mobility


Special thanks on behalf of the Society go to Diane Gaunt, Summerseat Players' Safeguarding Officer, for all her hard work in relation to DBS checks and chaperone arrangements, as well as to the team of Chaperones themselves.