Touchy - Unity Theatre

Touchy

Thursday 3rd — Thursday 17th June

Weekly on YouTube from Thu 13 May
Online Film Series
Commissioned by the Wellcome Collection

Five short films, five unique stories, five reasons to watch.

A mash up of theatre and music video – interweaving beats, drama, poetry, animation, visuals and original music. We follow the journey of six characters as they navigate their way through the tactile highs and lows of young adulthood.

Jemell’s Story: Premiering Thu 3 June, 7pm – YouTube

Jemell’s story blends Hip-Hop and storytelling to tell the story of a young Black lad living with undiagnosed autism.

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Jazz’s Story: Premiering Thu 20 May, 7pm – YouTube

Jazz’s story is a tender and uplifting R’n’B love story exploring public displays of affection in a same sex relationship.

 

Ella and Ste’s StoryPremiering Thu 27 May, 7pm – YouTube

Ella and Ste’s story investigates consent, with a story that explores the conflicting recollections of an intimate moment from many moons ago.

Sophie’s StoryPremiering Thu 10 June, 7pm – YouTube

Sophie’s story explores how a young woman renegotiates her relationship with her Grandad Kojo during lockdown.

 

Max’s Story: Premiering Thu 17 June, 7pm – YouTube

In Max’s story – a young trans guy guides us through his discoveries around social touch with a funny and heart-warming animation.

 

 

Each film will premiere on YouTube.

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Co-created by 20 Stories High & Unity with a multi-talented collection of rappers, singers’ actors, poets, beatmakers, writers, visual artists, animators. Touchy offers a unique exploration in the world of touch.

 

Creative and production team:
Performers – Anita Welsh, James Cast, Mal Ligett, Izzy Campbell, Pari Richards & Faye Donna Francis
Julia Samuels – Writer & Co-Director (Ella & Ste’s Story)
Keith Saha – Writer/Co-Writer & Director (Sophie’s Story, Max’s Story, Jemell’s Story, Jazz’s Story)
Amy Golding- Co-Director (Ella & Ste’s Story)
Kofi Owusu from GoPlay Studios – Director of Photography and Editor
Miriam Nabarro – Designer
Joe Hornsby – Lighting Designer
Jonathan Everett – Sound Designer & Engineer
Leanne Jones – Producer
Lucy Graham and Natasha Patel – Assistant Producers
Associate Artists: Amber Akaunu & Kay Dale (Comics Youth)
Emily McChrystal – Creative Consultant (Jazz’s story)
Fiona Hilton – Production Manager & Stage Manager
Joe Harper – Artwork
Lou Platt – Artist Wellbeing Practitioner

Specific credits per story:
Sophie’s Story:

Written and performed by Anita Welsh. Directed by Keith Saha. Illustrations by Amber Akaunu. Music by Mal Lidgett. Director of Photography and Editor Kofi Owusu (GoPlay Studios). Designed by Miriam Nabarro. Lighting Design by Joe Hornsby. Sound Design by Jonathan Everett. Produced by Leanne Jones, Lucy Graham and Natasha Patel. Production Manager Fiona Hilton.

Max’s Story:

Co-created and performed by James Cast. Written and Directed by Keith Saha. Animated by Kay Dale from Comics Youth. Music by Mal Lidgett. Editor Kofi Owusu (GoPlay Studios). Sound Design by Jonathan Everett. Produced by Leanne Jones, Lucy Graham and Natasha Patel. Production Manager Fiona Hilton.

 Jemell’s Story:

Co-written by Mal Lidgett and Keith Saha. Performed and music by Mal Lidgett. Directed by Keith Saha. Vocals from Izzy Campbell and Faye Donna Francis. Director of Photography and Editor Kofi Owusu (GoPlay Studios). Designed by Miriam Nabarro. Lighting Design by Joe Hornsby. Sound Design by Jonathan Everett. Produced by Leanne Jones, Lucy Graham and Natasha Patel. Production Manager Fiona Hilton. Camera Assistance by Huda Lidgett.

 Jazz’s Story:

Written and performed by Faye Donna Francis. Directed by Keith Saha. Creative Consultant Emily McChrystal. Additional vocals from Izzy Campbell and Guitar by Phil Dyer. Director of Photography, Editor and Music Producer Kofi Owusu (GoPlay Studios). Camera Operating by Lauryn Poutama, James O’Neill, Poppy Crossland and Kofi Owusu. Designed by Miriam Nabarro. Lighting Design by Joe Hornsby. Sound Design by Jonathan Everett. Produced by Leanne Jones, Lucy Graham and Natasha Patel. Production Manager Fiona Hilton.

Ella & Ste’s Story:

Written by Julia Samuels with Pari Richards & Izzy Campbell. Performed by Pari Richards and Izzy Campbell. Directed by Julia Samuels and Amy Golding. Dramaturgy by Lin Coughlan. Music by Mal Lidgett. Director of Photography and Editor Kofi Owusu (GoPlay Studios). Camera Operating by James O’Neill & Kofi Owusu. Designed by Miriam Nabarro. Lighting Design by Joe Hornsby. Sound Design by Jonathan Everett. Produced by Leanne Jones, Lucy Graham and Natasha Patel. Production Manager Fiona Hilton. Camera Operators and Film Assistants: Celia Borthwick, Poppy Crossland & Ollie Binns.