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Emma Thompson and Gemma Arterton back play about pornography’s impact on children

Emma Thompson is one of several high-profile backers of Why Is the Sky Blue?. Photo: Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock
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A production exploring the impact of pornography on children that is based on interviews with 10,000 young people will premiere at Southwark Playhouse later this year.

Its creation is being supported by actors including Emma Thompson and Gemma Arterton.

Why Is the Sky Blue? (Or How to Make Slime) has been devised by Tackroom Theatre around interviews with young people across the UK, during which they were asked about pornography, love and connection.

It comprises a live score and verbatim songs, meaning the show is different every night.

Tackroom has worked with theatres and schools across the UK to create the production, in association with children’s charity Barnado’s. It is the largest piece of research every done on this subject, and will lead to a digital platform being created for the theatre company to display its research.

The production is created and directed by the company’s artistic director Abbey Wright, with Shireen Mula and the company.

It has music by Matt Regan and design by James Turner. The production runs at London’s Southwark Playhouse from April 26 to May 19, with press night on May 1.

The project has received support from figures including Thompson, Arterton, Dawn French and Sue Perkins, who have donated money to a Kickstarter page set up to fund the show.

It has so far raised £2,725 of its £7,000 target.

Thompson described the production as “brilliantly, vitally timely”, adding: “Who isn’t worried about the effects of such easily accessed porn on this generation of kids? Attaching it to discussions about love and connection is a masterstroke.”

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