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RUNTS, 2016

In 2015 we saw Izzy Tennyson perform ‘Brute’ during its sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival and immediately wanted to work with her.  Written for one person, the monologue is semi-autobiographical, based on Izzy’s teenage schooldays in a provincial English town. ‘RUNTS‘ is an expanded version of this monologue written by Izzy herself exclusively for Hungry Wolf’s 2016 all-female production.  The plot surrounds the lives of a group of girls at a state school who develop intense and passionate friendships that escalate into violence.  Izzy wrote the original monologue from the perspective of her teenage self, interwoven with scenes involving characters based on girls from her peer group.  ‘RUNTS‘ packs the same punch as its source material; themes include the economic climate, bullying, female violence, and the complexity of female adolescent friendships.

‘RUNTS’ debuted at The Marlborough Theatre to sell-out audiences as part of the 2016 Brighton Fringe Festival where it received 4 Star reviews. Following this success ‘RUNTS’ went on to perform at Etcetera Theatre during The Camden Festival, London.



Review – Runts – Marlborough Theatre, Brighton







When describing the style of the piece, writer and director Dave Jackson said, “think ‘Skins’ meets ‘Gone Girl’.  With a bit of ‘Glee’ thrown in!”  The play is a ‘sexy little thriller’, filled with intrigue, waspish one-liners and homoeroticism.  What first appears to be a traditional piece of situation comedy quickly becomes something sharper and more sophisticated, as the stereotypes we are presented with in the opening scenes are flip-reversed.  It is a stark story of stolen kisses, adolescence, cruelty and cyber revenge that keeps you guessing until the final thrillingly hilarious scene.  It’s a ‘shot in the arm’ for Youth Theatre.

A LITTLE RESPECT’ debuted at The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton during the 2015 Brighton Fringe Festival, to sold out audiences and 5 star reviews.  It was consequently invited to perform at London’s Lambco Fringe Festival before a week of performances at the Edinburgh Fringe where it went on to gain further 4 and 5 star reviews.


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Performed at the Brighton Fringe Festival to a five star review, ‘THE ELECTRA PROJECT‘ then enjoyed a successful week long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  The plot alludes to a nationally publicised and controversial event in 2012 regarding GCSE performance, which resulted in the sacking of two drama teachers.  Drawing from the moral conundrum this event provokes, the piece is based on a group of A Level students devising a Greek tragedy that goes horribly wrong.  The piece, a comedy, explores themes such as the importance of drama in schools, the boundaries that are in place and questions whether we are still allowed to make mistakes in education.

The piece was written and directed by NYT director, Radio 4 Young Comedy Writer of the Year, ITV writer and leading drama teacher, Dave Jackson.  Established youth director and drama teacher, Rebekah Whitely co-directed.


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Brighton Fringe Festival


Hungry Wolf’s first production received 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, undertook a school’s tour and was produced in an abridged version by ITV.  Not bad going for our debut!  A devised piece, the performance focusses on growing up and the issues teenagers have to cope with, often behind closed doors.  Violence at home, sexuality, and the pressures of bullying via social media are some of the themes that our cast of young actors drew from their own difficult experiences and then workshopped in the rehearsal room.  One of Sussex’s leading youth Directors, Rebekah Whiteley guided the cast through this process which resulted in the poignant and thought-provoking play that wowed audiences at every performance.  Hungry Wolf was born!

Reviews for ‘GROWING PAINS

Edinburgh Festival

Brighton Fringe Festival

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