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A harrowing start for budding writer

A FIRST-time playwright has had her work performed by the drama troupe where she spent ten years.

A FIRST-time playwright has had her work performed by the drama troupe where she spent ten years.

Julie King, penned Slaughter of the Children, which is based on the real-life Beslan School Massacre.

This week it’s been staged for the very first time by the cast and crew of Hall Green Little Theatre.

“There was an awful amount of research that went into this play,” Julie told the Solihull News.

“I’d never really thought about stage-writing until it came up as an option in my final year of university.”

Her play is based on the harrowing events of 2004, when terrorists laid siege to a Russian school and killed more than 380 people.

“It was a difficult subject particularly because part of the play is from the point of view of a terrorist.

“It’s about trying to work out why they did what they did, but you don’t want to be seen to be justifying it.

“We need to look at why these things keep happening again and again. And if that means putting it in words, so be it.”

Julie, aged 30, started with HGLT when she was 11-years-old and stayed for a decade.

She said she was “nervous” about seeing the play brought to life, but was very pleased with the production.

“I’d never seen it performed before, not even an extract, but it’s a lot like I imagined,” she said.

Now she’s thinking about her next play and is interested in doing something on knife crime.

* Slaughter of the Children finishes at HGLT tomorrow (Saturday). Tickets on 0121 707 1874.

 

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