Set in Brazil, the play tells the story of a gang of teenagers who sleep, eat, work, play, sniff glue and drink, fall in love and die on the streets of the city. Each has a unique history, a distinct personality, each longs for something better, but fears losing the security the gang provides. It seems Ana might make it, she’s been offered a place in a shelter. But then the vigilantes close in…
The gang of street children:
Ana – returns to the group from a girls’ home after an absence
Antonio – asthmatic, no identity papers, so no treatment
Cesar – senior member of the gang
Christiane – one of the youngest and boldest
Luis – fond of Ana, still lives with his mother and sister whom he cares for. Kidney problems.
Marco – some schooling, dreams of going to America
Priscilla – left a job as a maid because of abuse.
Renata – 15, sex worker
Middle aged man
Felix – drug dealer
Joao – police officer
Nei – police officer
Senhor Alves – corrupt businessman
Woman with baby
Esther – former street girl now working in the girls’ home where Ana has been staying
Speaker of the House
Group of men
Casting: Please note that many of the smaller roles are not gender-specific, so the playwright has only given the numbers for characters who would definitely be M/F.. Most street children in Brazil are black, some are indigenous, a few are white. The playwright has listed those who would definitely be black, the other roles can certainly be played by POC, Indigenous, and white actors, 2SLGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities.
1 of 3 new plays under the title 'Shadows in the Sun' commissioned by Cheshire Drama Education Services for Cheshire Youth Theatre, UK, the culmination of a year long playwriting project for young people in collaboration with Chester Gateway Theatre and the Arts Council of Great Britain
The play can be accessed by emailing the playwright at firstname.lastname@example.org or at ‘In the Continuum and other plays’, (schools edition) by Rory Killalea, Weaver Press