Arc news: September 2009

Boy X
Boy X

Arc announces a special series of performances for London Peace Week - featuring Boy X by Clifford Oliver, directed by Carole Pluckrose

Four boys stand at a graveside. Boy X is dead. Another 16-year old murdered. The cycle of revenge begins again.


Arc's hard-hitting new play Boy X - the third in the powerful Stereo Trilogy by Clifford Oliver - will be performing for school, college and adult audiences around London from 21 to 25 September 2009.


Free London performances

You can join us for FREE public performances including two unique events at Waterloo Station:

Tuesday 22 September 2009
11.30am and 2.30pm
Waterloo Station Concourse, London

Download Waterloo flyer with full information (PDF, 196k)


... or a free public theatre performance:

STOP PRESS! This performance is now fully booked! Please email or call Arc on 020 8594 1095 to join the waiting list.

Thursday 24 September 2009
Jacksons Lane Theatre, London
Book online at or call the Box Office 020 8341 4421

Download Jacksons Lane flyer with full information (PDF, 111k)


About Boy X

Boy X builds on the themes of  Stereo and To Die For, exploring weapon-carrying, gang culture and violent crime. The play is performed by four of Arc's dynamic young actors who, along with actor Troy Glasgow, helped develop the story through workshops drawing upon real experiences of living on gang dominated estates.  The play is followed by a lively discussion where young people are offered a safe forum to talk about their feelings, fears and the complex pressures they experience.

Boy X cast

Boy X with actors Jordan Barrett, Michael Kofi, Lee Vassell and Tendayi Jembere
Image by Katie Snooks

Boy X was first performed on 17 February at EC1 Music Project in partnership with The Flavasum Trust, in memory of Tom Easton who was stabbed to death after leaving work there in September 2006. For more information, visit:

Flavasum Trust


The play has gone on to tour secondary schools in Barnet, perform at Government and youth conferences and as part of Arc's special Neville Lawrence OBE Patron event. Plans are also in hand to tour Hackney, Thames Valley, Enfield, Ealing and other London Boroughs.


“People think you are more protected if you have a knife, but you're not - it just brings you more trouble.”
Year 9 student, Hounslow school

"I was privileged to be in the audience last evening and to experience such a powerful drama, performed by four compelling young men. I really hope that engaging with our young people at risk through such drama, complemented by the standing up of good role models, in homes, wider families, and the community, will see a way out of the descending spiral of senseless activity, violence and killing."
Robin Field-Smith MBE, HM Inspector of Constabulary (Personnel, Training & Diversity), HM Inspectorate of Constabulary


To book Boy X

The performance with follow-up discussion is available for booking now. To find out more, call Arc on 020 8594 1095 or download the Briefing Document.

Download full Boy X Briefing Document (PDF, 924k)


The Stereo Trilogy

To find out more, contact Nita Bocking, General Manager on 020 8594 1095 or by email.

Stereo, To Die For, Boy X

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