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God Save the Teen by Andrew Graves at Bloomsbury Theatre

Andrew says, “I believe the show’s themes, which highlight many forms of social injustice and issues relating to families and young people, particularly those from working class and disadvantaged backgrounds, will resonate strongly with modern audiences. Each performance, where possible, will also be accompanied by workshops and mentoring, specifically aimed at younger people.”

Since 2012, the UK has closed around 600 Youth Centres, lost 3,650 Youth Workers and axed 139,000 youth placements. As an ex-youth worker, Andrew was inspired to write and perform God Save the Teen to raise awareness of these issues.

Andrew Graves was shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Show 2016 in the Saboteur Awards. He regularly performs his work throughout the UK and has been featured on TV and radio programmes such as 6 Music’s Cerys Matthew Show and BBC4 documentary Evidently John Cooper Clarke.

He has performed alongside Henry Normal, John Hegley and Sleaford Mods. Lauded by the likes of comic book legend Alan Moore, Andrew has often been cited as the hardest working poet in the East Midlands.

God Save the Teen is directed by Jennifer Tang and produced by Renaissance One. Music is by Ben McElroy.