October 2020


A melodic, beat infused audio story.


With original beats, flowing melodies and poetry to stretch your mind and heart. CHOKKA follows the journey of 16-year-old Jem who is coming to terms with the world around them. How they fit into a community in which they feel other and what happens when love punches them in the gut.

20 Stories High Youth Theatre each give their own voice to Jem as well as weaving in their own personal reflections on love, jealousy, depression and friendship.

Suitable for ages 13 plus – Contains themes of mental health and strong language.

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If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in the podcast, please visit Young Minds


This project was made possible thanks to Arts Council England, Children in Need, Paul Halmyn Foundation, The Foyle Foundation and the Backstage Trust.

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20 Stories High Youth Theatre

Creative Team

Writer: Luke Barnes (with 20 Stories High Youth Theatre)

Director: Nathan Powell

Artwork: Amber Akaunu

Films: Gavin Wood

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Made possible through support by The Backstage Trust.

“'It's been fun and engaging to find ways to develop our play interactively even though we couldn't meet in person. I am excited that we've found a way to bring this play to audiences as an audio play, and it's been a real experience to learn about podcasts and see how amazing unedited make our performance sound!'”

Rosie, Youth Theatre member

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