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High School Play 'Brainstorm'

The stage is a tip – covered in duvets and dirty laundry and all the other detritus of teenage bedrooms. In amongst the mess, fourteen teens stand with their heads in their smartphones and their fingers on fire. It's a familiar sight: distant, unengaged and absorbed, communicating only in grunts and mumbles.

This is a scene from our High School play Brainstorm directed by Ms. Tudge. It is a unique theatrical investigation into how teenagers' brains work, and why they're designed by evolution to be the way they are. The play was created by Ned Glasier and Emily Lim, in collaboration with neuroscientists Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Dr Kate Mills.

We have a cast, aged between 14 and 18, and Brainstorm lets them vent their frustrations, share their secrets and voice all the noise in their heads. We see volatile social lives and private vulnerabilities, swirling hopes and dreams, an influx of new information. "My brain is like my bedroom," says one. "It's a mess."

Watching Brainstorm, from an adult perspective, is both fondly nostalgic and sharply contemporary. From a teenage perspective, it is their story. 

Brainstorm is on in the P&G BBT on December 2 and 3. More details to come.