DNA

Play

Writers: Dennis Kelly

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
4
First Produced
2008
Genres
Drama
Settings
Contemporary, Simple/No Set
Time & Place
England, Present Day
Cast Size
medium
Licensor
Ideal for
College/University, High School, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA)/Children's
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes late teen characters

Synopsis

When a group of teenagers’ bullying of another student goes too far, they are left with an unplanned death [Adam] on their conscience. The mixed up group panic and decide to cover up their involvement in Adam's death. However, when they realize their deception has worked and actually brings peace to their confused lives, how do they move forwards? The teenagers split into two camps when they realize that their actions have framed an innocent man for their crime. But is this enough of an incentive to put right their wrong? And what happens when the presumed dead come back to life? Dennis Kelly’s twenty-first century play for young people calls society’s response to cruelty, bullying, peer pressure and pack mentality into question. Are these behaviors societal and learned, or are they inherent in us all?

DNA was developed ten years ago as a part of National Theatre’s Connections Scheme, which commissions playwrights to write plays for young performers aged fourteen to eighteen.

Editor’s Note: The names and genders of characters are suggestions only, and can be changed to suit the performers.

Lead Characters