7-10yrs / Key Stage 2 for schools. 90mins (interval TBC).
From the award-winning author of ‘The Boy At The Back Of The Class’, Onjali Raúf, ‘The Hero Next Door’ is a celebration of difference and working together to do the right thing.
This new play, based on real insight from children across the UK, was developed during an extensive research and development phase in 2021, as groups of children helped shape not only the plot, but also the characters. The result is a ground-breaking new production created especially for 7 – 10 year olds.
The play explores the themes of friendship, empathy, and the notions of what it means to be an ‘outsider’. It centres on a young boy, Musa, who happens to be a refugee; Haley, an autistic young girl who adores frogs; and a would-be bully by the name of Melanie. This unlikely trio come together to save an elderly neighbour from a con artist posing as a carer, with thrilling and hilarious results.
The Hero Next Door is a multi-layered production that uses film, animation, music and physical theatre to make it accessible to all. As a leading inclusive theatre company, Face Front has been proud to assemble a diverse collective of cast and creatives, including disabled, non- disabled and culturally diverse actors.