Growing Up In London: Chewing Gum Dreams At The Shed

This is a sponsored article on behalf of the National Theatre.

Michaela Coel in Chewing Gum Dreams

Michaela Coel in Chewing Gum Dreams

Growing up in inner city London is no picnic. Tracey Gordon is doing it and it’s a veritable whirlwind of friendship, sex, UK garage, school, teachers, raves, God and Connor Jones.

Written by Michaela Coel who spent her childhood in Hackney, Chewing Gum Dreams is a one-woman play that recalls those last days of innocence before adulthood.

If you’re a regular at the National Theatre’s excellent pop-up venue, The Shed, then you may have already seen Michaela perform in Blurred Lines and Home (which returns to the venue for a second run from 26 March – more on that soon). But as well as being the sole performer, Coel is also the writer of Chewing Gum Dreams, which won the 2012 Alfred Fagon Award for best new play by writers of Caribbean and African descent in the UK.

Approaching the pressures of teenage life with hope and humour, Chewing Gum Dreams is an upfront look at young London life. There are no props. No gimmicks. Just one teenager, one big city and a whole load of broken rules.

Chewing Gum Dreams is at The Shed between 17 March-5 April. All tickets cost £12 and can be booked online or via the box office on 020 7452 3244. 

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