Projects / Child's Play

2011
photography by Karen Guthrie

Commissioned specifically for the Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations as part of his curated Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre, 'Child's Play' is a musical written by renowned musician Ray Davies of the Kinks.

The play was produced by Grizedale Arts and performed by six pupils from the John Ruskin School in Coniston.

The work provides a commentary on the aspirations and disappointments through the decades of modern Britain since the 1951 Festival of Britain. It was directed by former school pupil Russell Peet, scored by Ray Davies and performed by Sam De La Haye and Arthur Mazzer with props by Kate Wieteska.

The six pupils who performed from John Ruskin School were Bobby Gard Storry, David Bishop Miller, Vincent Teetsov, Hannah Oliver, Holly Clarke & Rose Yates.

Songs from the play included: 'Property', 'Well Respected Man', 'Where Have all the Good Times Gone', 'Young Conservatives', 'Better Things', 'You Really Got Me', 'All Day and All of The Night', 'Add It Up', 'Do It Again', 'Dead End Street', 'Starstruck' and 'Waterloo Sunset'.

The play was first performed at the Southbank Centre on 4th September 2011 and shortly afterwards to a packed crowd (including Ray Davies himself) at the Coniston Institute as part of our work to revitalise the village hall.