The Third Side



A multi-disciplinary exploration of control and freedom, youth disaffection and the cult of materialism.

Created with Contact Young Actors Company for Contacting The World International Young People’s Theatre Festival in Manchester, The Third Side is the culmination of a six-month virtual collaboration with Trinidad-based company The Arts in Action Wordsmiths, following a year in which both young companies experienced civil unrest on their nations' streets.

A decade since he directed the production for the first ever Contacting the World Festival back in 2002, Leo was invited to take the helm once more.

The performance combined physical theatre, film, video-art, music, autobiography and spoken word to create a powerful and affecting expression of youth dissatisfaction and a desire for honest reflection in post-riot Britain and Trinidad. Layered with Trinidad's rich carnival mythos, The Third Side provided a raw insight into the frustrations of young people in a time of mass protest and social change.

The project was supported and produced by Contact, Manchester.

Creative Team

Directed by
Leo Kay
Assistant directed by
Sara Cocker
Devised and Performed by
Lauren Banks, Jack Egan, Sytannia Cox, Joe Grimsley, Charlie Gooding, Emma Obita, Ruby Sevink-Johnston, George Oluyinka, Francesca Smith

Sound Design by
Lawrence Reekie
Lighting Design by
Lee Grey
Stage Manager
Martha Everett
Project Manager
Steve Vickers

"A knockout show. A triumph for CYAC and their audience. We all left shaken, awoken, together. A beautiful, unapologetic exploration of youth and community. Startling."

[ Lowri Evans, Live Artist and Audience member ]
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