Ovalhouse presents a showcase of new work by emerging writers and performers who script their own material.

Following Ovalhouse’s 2010 sell-out Writers’ Rave, the event returns on Friday 16 December. Hosted by Justin ‘JCX Chinyere and singer/songwriter Dionne Reid, this edition of The Writers’ Rave is subtitled Truth About Youth Edition.

The Writers’ Rave was created from an original idea by former student at Central School of Speech and Drama, Shereen Jasmin Phillips, to showcase new work and provide a platform for her new play True Stories, which explored relationships from the view point of young people based in inner-city London and asked whether young people are growing up too quickly. From there, The Writers’ Rave went onto Ovalhouse in December 2010 with a whole new batch of writers and performers.

This year, headline act grime artist Scrufizzer will be joined by a large line-up of spoken word artists and singers including Taguma Mpofu, Isobel Masacarenhas-Whitman, Russeni Rohan Fisher, Rachael Hannah McCaul and Jessi Quibo. Accompanying them will be the casts and creatives of a selection of short plays, all of 10-15 minutes in length and including You’ll Let Me Have Huskies, Song of a Newstand, State of a Nation and Career Night.

The evening is organised in association with the Truth About Youth initiative. This project, designed to turn negative images of young people on their heads, began last autumn at Ovalhouse, working in the boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. Funded by The Co-operative Foundation (the grant-making arm of The Co-operative Group), seven cities have received money to challenge widespread perceptions of young people. South London’s £280,000 investment has enabled Ovalhouse to engage 10 young people aged 16-25 from across the boroughs to join the two year project and engage with people from various industries, including the media, the police and local shopkeepers in a drive to find out why young people are so often marginalised. One aspect of the initiative at Ovalhouse includes the creation of original performances, exhibitions and artwork by young people to express the real truth about youth, which prompted the theatre’s call for young artists to take part in The Writers’ Rave earlier this year.

Presented at 7.30pm in Ovalhouse’s Cafe Gallery with live music supplied by DJ Vibes.

Tickets £4. For booking and more information, call the box office 020 7582 7680 or visit the Ovalhouse website.

Image by Ovalhouse.