Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Friends, Mandem, Lend Me Your Ears

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Friends, Mandem, Lend Me Your Ears

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Byline: Miranda Bryant

A GROUP of young actors have reinvented Julius Caesar for urban London -- with Shakespeare's script partly rewritten in street language.

The play, entitled Wasted, has received the Royal Shakespeare Company's seal of approval.

It is being staged by Intermission, a Knightsbridge-based group that works with teenagers who have committed crimes or are at risk of getting into trouble.

Some have been gang members and others have been taken into care. The actors, aged 14-20, say the themes and action of the drama reflect their lives.

Director Darren Raymond said the storyline of Julius Caesar presented the "ultimate knife crime". Mr Raymond, 27, who grew up among gangs in Hackney, said street talk was an important aspect of the play, as language formed a large part of young people's identities.

Ruth Nyanti, who plays the Cobbler (renamed Jamie Cobbler), said she had lived in care since she was six. …

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