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Kojo is 14 but no one believes him; he’s just one of the unaccompanied minors arriving in London, escaping war and its horrors, abandoned on the streets of the UK. Ara’s from Baghdad and still hears the bombs at night. Cheung can do backflips and is from a village in China that is more than a thousand years old.

Orphans in London, they are the only family they have now. Together they tell Kojo’s story: a story of lost childhood, tall trees and a murder in motion, a murder by a child that everyone says is a man. This gripping story is one that needs to be told.

Researching child soldiers Tobhiyah came across drawings done by children and young people in rehabilitation following their war time experiences. These drawings, naive in style show us horrific acts of violence. Using an old-school over head projector Tobhiyah traced the drawings with chalk on to the walls of the PACT Theatre. Projected bureaucratic text complete with cursor literally typed the location of each scene on to the wall.

Set & Costume Design

Director: PAUL VILES
Playwright: ABI MORGAN
Lighting Design: CHRIS SNAPE
Projection Design: GABRIEL CLARK

NSW Public Schools Drama Company
PACT Theatre, Sydney
July 2008

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