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10 Shows For Young People @ National Theatre

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Get Your Teens to the Theatre

Being a teenager is tough, and sometimes you feel that your parents just don't understand. How could they? They're so old, and it is not like they were ever young once. So when mum and dad drag you out to the theatre for some 'culture', no wonder you want to lock yourself away. Theatre? Boring.

Or maybe not. This July, the National Theatre have an exciting programme of shows lined up. Performed by young people, to be watched by young people, it focuses on relatable issues all teenagers go through. What's more, tickets are only 5, and if you take a friend, then you'll both get in for 8. If that sounds more interesting than Shakespeare, then take a look at what's on offer:

Forty-Five Minutes
3rd July, 7pm, The Shed.

Some idiot got the deadlines mixed up, and now you have less than an hour to complete your UCAS form and secure your future.

Tomorrow I'll Be Happy
3rd July, 8.30pm, The Shed

When Darren is killed in a homophobic attack, life for his friends will never be the same again.

Ailie and the Alien
4th July, 7pm, The Shed

Nothing has been going right for Ailie lately, but when an alien crash lands on earth and befriends her, everything starts going right. Until the alien is summoned home.

Don't Feed the Animals
4th July, 8.30pm, The Shed

Twins, Zack and Missy must train an unlikely mob of youths to perform at their family's failing circus, or they could end up out of business.

We Lost Elijah
5th July, 7pm, The Shed

It is the time of London Riots, and a boy is on a mission to get his little brother, Elijah, home safely. But on the way, they get separated and Elijah goes missing. What happened to him?

The Guffin
5th July, 8.30pm, The Shed

Four young people find a strange object in a derelict house. It is called a Guffin, and if you touch it, your life will change forever.

I'm Spilling My Heart Out Here
6th July, 7pm, The Shed

Exams, first dates, traitorous best friends. Life's a minefield.

6th July, 8.30pm, The Shed

A group of friends are planning to recreate 'Sound Clash', a legendary DJ competition. The problem? No music, no equipment, no money. They're at a loss about what to do, until they discover Lil Kid, a former DJ turned dad.

What Are They Like?
8th July, 7pm, The Shed

Parents are nothing but trouble; they're always up to mischief. You really have to keep an eye on them. Do you know what your parents get up to?

Mobile Phone Show
8th July, 8.30pm, The Shed

Come and listen to a musical rendition of tweets, gossip, and meaningless phone conversations.
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Why? Fun for teenagers
When: 3rd-8th July
Phone: 020 7452 3000
Where: National Theatre
Cost: 5 or 8 for 2
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