The Last Word

In the land of Dowsr, words have mysteriously started to disappear. As police, parents and grannies all struggle to make themselves understood, Jake and Sadia embark on an adventure to end the silence and, along the way, make a shocking discovery.

In December 2013, a cast of 32 pupils from Shincliffe Primary School – some of whom had never acted before - brought The Last Word to life at the Assembly Rooms, Durham City. The North East premier of this award-winning play (Trinity College International Playwriting Competition 2012) was directed by the writer, Christina Castling, with the support of a volunteer team from Durham Student Theatre.

“A play about the importance of free speech and communication...Lots of humour, too, plus the virtues of child protagonists overcoming adult baddies - a real sense of child empowerment.”

— David Wood OBE, Children's Dramatist

“Really clever, high quality script.”

— Janine Lowes, Head Teacher at Shincliffe Primary School

“I absolutely loved every second of it.”

— Cast member

“Being part of the cast really boosted my confidence.”

— Cast member

“Thank you for this awesome experience.”

— Cast member

“I would do it a million times again... absolutely amazing.”

— Cast member

If you would like to use The Last Word with your class, contact us.

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The Last Word

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