Carnegie Hall and the Africa-based creative arts charity Dramatic Need hosted the American premiere of The Children’s Monologues on November 13.
Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle, who is also a Dramatic Need trustee, directed the production. The play comprised “the unforgettable stories of children growing up in Rammulotsi, a small rural township in the Free State province of South Africa.”
The cast list for the evening included Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Sebastian Stan, Lakeith Stanfield, Jason Alexander, McKinley Belcher III, Common, Daveed Diggs, Andrew Garfield, Daniel Kaluuya, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, James McAvoy, Audra McDonald, Sienna Miller, Javier Muñoz, Trevor Noah, Susan Sarandon, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Cynthia Erivo, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, rapper Little Simz, and Esperanza Spalding.
The one-night event benefited Dramatic Need and Carnegie Hall. Dramatic Need helps vulnerable children in Africa build hope and self-belief in the face of conflict, trauma, and hardship, using the creative arts as a nonthreatening way of addressing development issues and trauma in children.
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Danny Boyle is teaming up with James McAvoy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kit Harington, Josh Hartnett and Gugu Mbatha-Raw to bring to life the heartbreaking stories of 15 South African children.
“The Children’s Monologues” dramatises the testimonies of young children from the rural township of Rammulotsi in Free State, who were each invited to write about a day they will never forget. While some monologues focus on happy memories, many tell stories of desperate circumstances; from the child who watched their parents die due to inadequate medical treatment, to another whose mother was gang raped and burned alive.
The one-off performance will take place on Sunday 25th October at the Royal Court Theatre, and will fuse hip hop music, classical piano and documentary footage with live theatre. Proceeds from the event will go to Dramatic Need, a charity that gives children in Rwanda and South Africa the chance to change their lives through the arts. Money raised will help build a new moveable arts centre, where children will be encouraged to deal with trauma and confront taboo subjects, such as HIV awareness, ethnic violence and gender inequality.
Boyle – who is a founding trustee of Dramatic Needs – previously put on a sold-out show for the charity in 2010, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston.
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