Niddry Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Following last year’s acclaimed Walk Swiftly and with Purpose, playwright Siofra Dromgoole has been especially commissioned by St Edwards School Oxford to create If It Didn’t Matter, a tale of loss, friendship, rebellion, self-destruction and finally, realisation. Produced and performed by emerging young company Cup and Dagger, If It Didn’t Matter is a dynamic, moving and funny new play exploring timeless themes of the teenage experience through a vibrant, moving and often comic modern text. If It Didn’t Matter runs from Monday 5 to Friday 9 August at The Space @NIddry Street.
Hal is 17 and in the middle of a meltdown. Trying to come to terms with the loss of her mother, struggling to relate to her sister and father, becoming angry and frustrated in school. But she’s still a typical teenager, going through all the typical tribulations of adolescence: Ned is infatuated by her (or at least the idea of her and of being ‘with’ someone); Penny is obsessed with Eliza; Eliza just loves to cause trouble and wind them all up; Jo is simply hoping for her first kiss. Through her odd group of friends dealing with their own teenage angst, through trial and error, she’s just trying to find a sense of herself.
Deeply moving and rich with poetry, the play is directed by the School’s Head of Academic Drama, David Aldred, and uses live original underscore and physical theatre. The play emerged from a truly innovative partnership between St Edward’s School in Oxford and a public arts centre, The North Wall, of which the School is the principal sponsor. The arts centre is on school grounds and so offers pupils outstanding access to a professional theatre. Alongside its public programme of theatre, dance, comedy, music and talks, The North Wall runs ArtsLab, a residency programme for emerging artists aged 18 -25. Upcoming playwright Siofra Dromgoole was accepted onto ArtsLab’s Catalyst programme for new writers in 2018, where she developed Walk Swiftly and with Purpose which she then took to Edinburgh. The School so enjoyed her work, in which she explores and elevates the teenage experience, that it commissioned her to write a play specifically for its pupils for this year’s festival.
Praise for 2018’s Walk Swiftly and with Purpose
‘A work of tightly-wound delight and heartbreak... a titanic overhaul of depictions of young adult women in secondary school… genre-changing’ ★★★★★ Broadway Baby
‘a deeply entertaining, funny, and unsettling play’ ★★★★ A Younger Theatre
‘A fresh new perspective on a current social topic, Walk Swiftly and With Purpose is guaranteed to catch your attention, force you to listen, and remain with you hereafter.’ The Student