FLAT LANDS is a multi-media spoken word show about friendship, risk taking and BMX bikes, told from the perspective of an older, benevolent but often socially invisible housing estate street cleaner.
11-year-old Leo has been kicked out of school and spends his days on his bike, showing off to the older teenagers on the estate and causing trouble where he can. In Jay and Rico, who are struggling themselves to navigate the demands of day-to-day existence, Leo finds two role models and a chance to make choices of his own.
FLAT LANDS aims to explore the context of tender male friendships and communal responsibility. The piece highlights the resilience, joy and beauty of communities who are often overlooked in theatre-making
FLAT LANDS was supported by Half Moon Theatre as part of their Narratives of Empathy and Resilience programme.
Performer and Writer – Tom Stockley
Featuring the voices of:
Sonny Bunker of Half Moon’s Youth Theatre as Jay
Brodie Bunker of Half Moon’s Youth Theatre as Rico
Freddy Wadsworth of Half Moon’s Youth Theatre as Leo
Androulla Constantinou as Leo’s Mum
Sound and Video Designer – Jake Walker
Assistant Director – Stephen Bailey
Director – Chris Elwell
Lighting Design, Production and Technical Manager – Samuel Baker
Technical Stage Manager – Callum Thomson
Trainee TYA Producer (Empathy and Resilience) – Esther Rennae Walker
Trainee Dramaturge (spoken word) – Lori Zakariyya King
Project Dramaturge (spoken word) / Dramaturgical Trainer – Rosemary Harris
Camera Operator and Film Editor – Ella Bennett
Thanks to: Young Bristol and the young people of the BS14 Club
FLAT LANDS was inspired by young people in Stockwood (South Bristol) and their love of BMXing. Young Bristol, Life Cycle and Off The Record have been working with the BS14 youth club to develop a programme of bike maintenance and mental health.