What’s it all about?

DNA by Dennis Kelly follows the silent yet intimidating, 16-year-old Phil, and his fearful following of misfits as they come to terms with the consequences of a practical joke that ends in tragedy.

This piece deals directly and powerfully with hard-hitting, relevant issues, such as violence, guilt, unrequited love, tyranny and solidarity within a group of adolescents who have placed themselves at the edge of society.

Since the arrival of aggressive and volatile John Tate the rest of the school fears them, they are above the law and intend to stay that way.

Social outcast and self-proclaimed loner Adam who would do anything to be accepted into the group, to be protected, to be safe, to hang out in the woods with them for just one afternoon.

How far will he go? Being spat at? Being punched? Being bullied? Being murdered? The group discover how their tyranny presents them with cathartic repercussions and social developments within their clique.

With a harrowing twist and a taste of the sinister that smacks of William Golding’s Lord of The Flies, DNA is a social comment that resounds with people of all ages.

A play by Dennis Kelly …and you.

Play in a week – GCSE syllabus – DNA written by Dennis Kelly

Full Week Workshop just: £225

10% Sibling Discount!

Only 15 places available

  • More dates to be announced soon
  • For students aged 14 years – 18 years
  • Full one week course – Mon to Fri 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday evening Performance 7:00 pm
  • Non-residential – North Buckinghamshire.


Full one week course

The idea of the ‘Play in a Week’ is a fantastic opportunity for young people to come together to meet each other, share ideas and then work together to create their very own version of this play.

The final performance will take place in the on the Friday evening of the course. In the past we have used Great British play writes like Shakespeare, Alan Ackbourn, Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, and Peter Shaffer.


Your child will enhance their acting ability whilst work with other performing enthusiasts to collaborate and produce a final product they are sure to be proud of.

Meet New Friends

The Play in a Week workshop allows you to meet new people and new friends as you come together to meet each other, share ideas and then work together to create their very own version of this play.