Hidden world of young people on the edge

Off the Grid, Barnsley Civic
Off the Grid, Barnsley Civic

An immersive new play for teenagers and adults looks at the hidden world of a sister and brother who depend on each other for survival.

Off the Grid was created by children’s theatre specialists Half Moon, who worked on it with a group of young people.

Jesse Bateson and Bradley Connor play a brother and sister, Connor and Kelly.

Connor and Kelly share the same birthday, but 10 years apart. Since the disappearance of their parents, when Kelly was three, they have been dependent on each other for survival.

Connor is everything to Kelly: dad, brother, mum, friend – and storyteller. They’ve learned how important it is to believe in something fantastic when you’re living off the grid.

But what happens when you discover you’ve made the wrong decision? Forced to back down, do you sacrifice your beliefs in order to stay together?

Director Chris Elwell said: “Off the Grid is a compelling piece of new writing for young audiences that isn’t afraid to ask some difficult questions about surviving on the poverty line”

Off the Grid is at the the Civic, Barnsley next Thursday, November 29, at 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Box office: www.barnsleycivic.co.uk