Touchy - Unity Theatre


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.

Jemells Story – Blends Hip-Hop and storytelling to tell the story of a young Black lad living with undiagnosed autism.

Sophies’ Story – explores how a young woman renegotiates her relationship with her Grandad Kojo during lockdown.

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

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

And finally, in Max’s Story – a young trans guy guides us through his discoveries around social touch with a funny and heart-warming animation.

Co-created by 20 Stories High 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.


Booking and performance information:

Touchy is a series of 5 short films that will be released online between May and June 2021.

Age Recommendation: 13+

Content Warning: Contains strong language and explores the themes of consent, bereavement, race, family, gender identity and sexuality.

Access: Captioning available


Cast/Co-creators list:
Anita Welsh (Sophie’s Story), James Cast (Max’s story), Malik Lidgett (Jemell’s story), Faye Donna Francis (Jazz’s story), Izzy Campbell (Ella & Ste) & Pari Richards (Ella & Ste)
Creative and production team:
Julia Samuels – Writer & Co-Director (Ella & Ste)
Keith Saha – Writer/Co-Writer & Director (Sophie, Max, Jemell & Jazz stories)
Amy Golding- Co-Director (Ella & Ste)
Kofi Owusu from GoPlay Studios – Filmmaker & Music Producer
Miriam Nabarro – Designer
Lighting Designer – Joe Hornsby
Sound Designer & Engineer – Jon Everett
Associate Artists: Amber Akaunu, Emily McChrystal & Kay Dale (Comics Youth)
Producer – Leanne Jones
Assistant Producers – Lucy Graham and Natasha Patel
Production Manager – Fiona Hilton
Artwork and Captions – Joe Harper
Specific credits per story:
Sophie’s Story:
Co-written and performed by Anita Welsh
Co-written and directed by Keith Saha
Illustrated by Amber Akaunu
Filmmaker Kofi Owusu from GoPlay Studios
Max’s Story:
Co-created and performed by James Cast
Witten and directed by Keith Saha
Animated by Kay Dale from Comics Youth
 Jemell’s Story:
o-written, performed and music by Mal Lidgett
Co-written and directed by Keith Saha
Filmmaker and music producer Kofi Owusu from GoPlay Studios
Vocals from Izzy Campbell and Faye Donna Francis
 Jazz’s Story:
ritten and performed by Faye Donna Francis, with vocals from Izzy Campbell
Directed by Keith Saha
Filmmaker and music producer Kofi Owusu from GoPlay Studios
Associate Artist Emily McChrsytal

Ella & Ste’s Story:
ritten by Julia Samuels, performed by Pari Richards and Izzy Campbell
Co-directed by Amy Goulding and Julia Samuels
Filmmaker Kofi Owusu from GoPlay Studios