CORRESPONDENCE by Lucinda Burnett   

Spring 2011. Kate and Wills tie the knot whilst Syrian teenagers are tortured for anti-government graffiti. Ben is 16, and his only friends have disappeared from Xbox Live. He thinks they're mixed up in the protests in Syria - and he'll risk everything on a journey to find out the truth. What happens when a teenager from Stockport tries to stop the world exploding? A bittersweet coming-of-age story about fledgling friendships, mental health and a Syrian rescue mission.


The play itself feels like a video game that has become real. Correspondence uses a sheltered teenage boy to cleverly express the contemporary trope of the Western people’s need to interfere in a way that clashes with the culture they want to help  The Upcoming 

Attewell’s performance is a natural portrayal of a boy falling apart unnoticeably. He is cast impeccably; unassuming and flawless. Similarly, Ariaie is completely understated in his performance, focussing far more on his identity as a teenager than his socio-political position. Making his surroundings all the more powerful. In this vein, Blythe Stewart’s direction is stripped back, fluid and simple... It is claustrophobic; an all encompassing surround sound  A Younger Theatre

With video-game bleeps punctuating the action, and characters bouncing around the place at hyper-accelerated speed, director Blythe Stewart blurs the line between real and unreal  What'sOnStage 


Writer Lucinda Burnett

Producer Robyn Keynes for Glint of Light Productions

Designer Bethany Wells

Lighting Designer Christopher Nairne 

Sound Designer Giles Thomas

Photography Richard Lakos for The Other Richard


Ben Joe Attewell 

Harriet Jill McAusland 

Fran Joanna Croll

David Mark Extance

Jibreel Ali Ariaie