Kate and Alyesha were waiting for their boyfriends Sean and Derek. What was happening only a few hundred yards away would change their lives forever. Sean, egged on by his mates, fought a young black boy Derek. At first it seemed an even fight, but when Derek goaded him, Sean released a series of blows that left Derek dead. All swore their allegiance to silence. Only WeirdBoy a loner who can read the mind of others, watched them all, waiting to release the fear that would continue to haunt them. Derek’s friends decided they would have to take matters into their own hands, the police would do nothing for them. Kate, haunted by Derek’s ghost, knew the truth must come out, for his sake, for his family and friends, for Alyesha who visited his grave every day. Sean didn’t want her to tell it, nor it seemed did the police. The fight was only just beginning.
Can you keep a Secret? was part of the National Theatre’s BT Connections project. The production was chosen from hundreds to be performed on the Cottesloe stage.
James Wakefield was a member of the Youth Theatre in the late 1990s which performed Can You Keep A Secret? at the National Theatre as part of the BT National Connections. Interviewed by Toni Tsaera.
Vishni Velada-Billson was Education Officer at Half Moon Theatre on White Horse Road in the late 1990s and became Associate Director in the early 2000s. She talks about Can You Keep A Secret. Interviewed by Daisy Snooks.
Can You Keep A Secret? was performed as part of the BT National Connections scheme run in conjunction with the Royal National Theatre. The scheme was a celebration of youth theatre around the UK and aimed to provide a platform for develop new work to be performed by young people by established writers. The Half Moon Young People’s Theatre applied along with over a thousand schools, youth groups and colleges across the UK to be part of the programme, and was one of the 150 groups selected.