If you want to laugh or cry at the state of our politics, imagine how confusing it must be for children. Gone to the Dogs Productions’ mission is to help educate the younger generation about democracy and it’s bringing its new stage show to Camden Fringe.
Rox, Paper and The Scissors, for ages 9+, will have one performance only during this summer’s 14th annual Camden Fringe festival. It runs at London’s Cockpit Theatre on Saturday 3 August 2019 at 1.30pm, hot on the heels of a date at Exeter Fringe on Thursday 1 August.
Democracy… It throws up all sorts of stuff.
How do you bring British values about democracy and the rule of law to life onstage for young audiences? Rox, Paper and The Scissors are three candidates battling to become school president who find out the hard way that not all elections are fought fairly.
As head girl, Paper is squashed between the might of autocratic school bully Rox and reckless class clown The Scissors. She must fight to restore her reputation from a false accusation of vandalism, and stop malign forces from seizing power of the school council. Who will win?
Want to change the world? You have one vote. Use it wisely.
There are also custard pies, music, a secret ballot and plenty of interaction – young electoral observers are invited to come up on stage and make sure Rox doesn’t get up to any vote-rigging shenanigans.
Rox, Paper and The Scissors is ideal for parents/carers who are flummoxed about how to explain the state of current affairs to the next generation. Support resources are also available, including a Facebook page where the play’s concepts are connected to current news stories.
What kids say
Don’t believe democracy can be a giggle? Here’s what some young audience members have said about Rox, Paper and The Scissors:
- “It was interesting that they made democracy seem really fun, as I thought it was boring.”
- “I can’t improve it as it was very funny and perfect.”
- “You wrote this play like William Shakespeare.”
About Gone to the Dogs Productions
Gone to the Dogs Productions Ltd was set up with the aim to bring the five PHSCE (Personal Health, Social and Citizenship Education) British Values in the school curriculum – rule of law, democracy, mutual respect, tolerance and individual liberty – alive through theatre performances and arts-based school workshops.
The company is the brainchild of former primary school governor Miranda Duffy, who has Master’s degrees in British politics and theatre. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, she spent many years working on public and private sector projects before founding Gone to the Dogs. She has also worked with Harrogate Youth Theatre since 2017.
Rox, Paper and The Scissors runs for one performance (6o minutes) only at Camden Fringe, at 1.30pm on Saturday 3 August 2019 at the Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH. Tickets are £7.00. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Full festival programme
For details on all 300+ shows in the 2019 Camden Fringe programme, visit the festival websiteClick here