Yasmin Sidhu and Casey Smith are best friends. At 17 the world as they know it is soon about to change. Yasmin will be off to University, a good one - to do maths. And Casey, well Casey needs to figure out what on earth it is she wants to be. She’s heard you can make a living doing makeup tutorials on insta, and nobody can contour like Casey.
In their small town in the midlands these two girls have grown up wildly different, thats what makes their friendship so strong, so deep. So when a video of Yasmin goes viral, everyone is shocked that it is her that is breaking the internet and not Casey.
'17' is a look at what it's like being a teenager now: trying things, learning stuff, failing, succeeding, heartbreak, expectations and shame. At 17 your world isn't just home, school and maybe further maths club, with the internet watching and recording and repeating your actions, your choices are there for everyone to see and for everyone to have an opinion on.
This lyrical play will throw you back into those unsteady days of 17.
FRANKIE MEREDITH - Playwright
Frankie has written from a young age, but it wasn't until gaining a place on the Lyric Hammersmith Young Writer's Program that she started to take it at all seriously. She had many short plays produced at various new writing nights around London, then became a part of Soho Writer's Lab where she developed her play Turkey. Turkey debuted at the Hope Theatre at the end of last year, receiving the most 5*’s of any production, and some lovely reviews. Her play Finding Peter had a run at Edinburgh in the summer and will be transferring to London this autumn. She is under commission with LB Productions and has recently done workshops with MiddleChild and had some great support from Paines Plough. Frankie also writes and directs films, with a company she co-owns called ‘MapleRoad’, you can find their work on Instagram (IGTV) now and Vimeo coming soon.
WILDCARD - Production Company
Wildcard is an Associate Company of The Watermill Theatre and is supported by English Touring Theatre's Artist Development Programme: Forge and Theatr Clwyd's Artist Develop Programme: TYFU/GROW. Wildcard was created in the Summer of 2015, with a dual purpose: to revitalise theatre and become a home for emerging artists. This is the backbone of the company’s approach to programming. In 2016 Wildcard became a charity (No. 1170677). Wildcard credits include: ‘Electrolyte’ (Queen Dome / Pleasance Dome), ‘The Cat’s Mother’ (Brick Hall / VAULT Festival & Iron Belly / Underbelly Cowgate), ‘After Party’ (Union Theatre & The Pleasance Theatre), ‘DROP’ R&D (Theatre Delicatessen) and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Broadway Theatre & Brockley Jack Studio Theatre).
Playwright: Frankie Meredith
Director: Balisha Karra
Director: Finley-Rose Townsend
Producer: Joey Dawson
Actor: Annice Boparai
Actor: Emma James
Lighting Designer: Timothy Kelly