Playing for Time featuring Against the Wall by Abdul Hashid

performed by Abdul Hashid and Michael Kofi


Written and performed by a student from Bromley Hall PRU, Against the Wall is an original piece of poetry exploring a young person's view of imprisonment.

Background to this video

Playing for Time - Arc Theatre's second Youth Inclusion project commissioned by the Historic Royal Palaces, is the culmination of an intensive programme of work by students from Bromley Hall Pupil Referral Unit, Tower Hamlets, together with Arc Theatre actors and directors. This collaborative project comes at an exciting point in the Tower of London's strategic development as it works towards achieving its vision of becoming a Centre of Excellence for Youth Inclusion.

Funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation and News International, Playing for Time took the shape of special installation performance event held at the Tower. Inspired by the sights and sounds of the Tower, a group of 15-year olds worked closely with Arc to develop original artwork, creative writing, powerful short performances and films reflecting the atmosphere and legends of the historic royal fortress.

I want them jewels! I want them now!
Not to steal, just to feel, to know what it's like
The weight in my hand, of so much bling
That Queen of our land is a lucky thing

Download Playing for Time flyer (PDF, 184k)

Read about Arc's Theatre for Youth Inclusion programme

Feedback from the day

"Well done - this is innovation, creativity and inspiration at its best. Its about being 'Positive about Young People' - our future! Looking forward to seeing more of this..."

Mina Jesa - Cambridgeshire Police

"Another stark and impressive reminder that all young people need to be valued. A lot of talent is on display on videos, pictures and artwork. Please everyone take this talent forward. Many thanks for the invitation to see and hear it all."

Norman and Gill Woodhouse

"Really positive work! So great to see the young people develop in their confidence and enjoyment in a learning experience."

Tony Crisp - Head PRU, Harpley Inclusion, Tower Hamlets

"A real tribute to those who participated. Well done!"

Peter Rimmer - News International

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