Inspired by a true story, a new perspective from our troubled times

“We’re not savages. We won’t let the strong take from the weak. Tomorrow morning, we will meet again, and we will all make our case.”

Life Raft by Fin Kennedy

In a mysterious dystopia, set against a backdrop of war, a lifeboat is adrift at sea – the passengers, children. The liner they were travelling on has been sunk by the enemy, night falls, rations dwindle and a time of fear, superstition and madness begins.

Fin Kennedy has created a contemporary version of Georg Kaiser’s The Raft of The Medusa inspired by a true story from the Second World War now refocused for our difficult times.

Playbox Theatre’s timely production, as part of the Extraordinary Voyages in-the-round season at The Dream Factory in Warwick places a cast of 13 young actors in a life raft struggling for power as their resources run short.

Artistic Director, Emily Quash creates this extraordinary project with actors from across the region aged 10-18 years, the very age of the children set adrift.

Playbox Theatre emphasises whilst Life Raft does not make for easy viewing it is not without hope, there are moments of kindness and selflessness, the fundamental decency of children. The play is a perfect match for the skills and desire to create a powerful event in Warwick this June when all our thoughts look to the future as the country, Europe and the wider world continue to challenge future generations.

Life Raft


Thursday 15th June, 7.30pm

Saturday 17th June, 3.00pm & 7.30pm

Saturday 24th June, 7.30pm

Tickets: £12.50 Standard, £8.00 Concessions, £7.00 Bench Seats

Book online at or call 01926 419555.


Finn Kennedy – The Playwright

Award-winning UK playwright, teacher, University tutor, writer-in-residence, arts blogger and new Artistic Director of Tamasha.

Fin is a graduate of the MA Writing for Performance programme at Goldsmiths College, London. He writes for adults and teenagers and his plays are regularly produced in the UK and abroad. He is also an acclaimed teacher of playwriting and community arts project manager, with a particular focus on young people’s projects in London’s East End.

In November 2013 he took up his new role as Artistic Director of Tamasha, working alongside the company’s co-founder Sudha Bhuchar for 18 months, before taking over fully in Spring 2015.


‘One of our hottest young dramatists’ – The Guardian

‘This is as good as theatre gets.’ – The Stage on How To Disappear

‘Real excitement lies in discovering a young writer who is more concerned with major political issues than minor domestic upsets.’ – The Guardian on Protection

‘One of the best writer/education partnerships there is’ – The Scotsman on Fin Kennedy and Mulberry Theatre Company


About Playbox Theatre

Playbox Theatre is a professional creative organisation developing theatre for and with young people. Based at its own custom-designed complex in Warwick, it aims to develop the skills talent and confidence of young people in the performance arts through exciting and innovative methods.

Founded in 1986 Playbox serves young artists and audiences across the Warwickshire and West Midlands regions with training and performance studios supporting its main creative base. Playbox Theatre places at its heart young people as artists and audience.

The Dream Factory is a creative collaboration between Playbox Theatre, Glenn Howells Architects and Sceno-Plus (Montreal). It stands on land provided by Warwickshire County Council.

Playbox Theatre is a key client of Warwick District Council, providing artistic quality and experience for young people in the region.


Posted on: 21st June 2017