Loading...

Premiering on YouTube

Touchy

Five short films. Five unique stories. Five reasons to watch.

20 Stories High,

in association with

present

TOUCHY

An online film series
Commissioned by


Supported by
  



Five short films. Five unique stories. Five reasons to watch.

A mash up of theatre and music video – interweaving beats, drama, poetry, animation, visuals and original music. We follow the journey of six characters as they navigate their way through the tactile highs and lows of young adulthood.


The Stories

 

#1: Jemell’s Story

Blends Hip-Hop and storytelling to tell the story of a young Black lad living with undiagnosed autism.

Performed by Mal Lidgett

Thursday 13th May // 7pm

Content Warning: Jemell’s story contains themes of racism, mental health and substance abuse.
Also contains strong language and the use of the “N” word.
Age Guidance: 13 plus

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 

 

#2: Jazz’s Story

A tender and uplifting R’n’B love story exploring public displays of affection in a same sex relationship.

Performed by Faye Donna Francis

Thursday 20th May // 7pm

Age Guidance: 13 plus

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 

 

#3: Ella and Ste’s Story

Investigates consent, with a story that explores the conflicting recollections of an intimate moment from many moons ago.

Performed by Izzy Campbell and Pari Richards

Thursday 27th May // 7pm

Age guidance: 13 plus

– – – – – – – – – – – – – –

 

#4: Sophie’s Story

Explores how a young woman renegotiates her relationship with her Grandad Kojo during lockdown.

Performed by Anita Welsh

Thursday 10th June // 7pm

Age guidance: 13 plus

— – – – — – – – – – – – – – – – – –

 

#5: Max’s Story

A young trans guy guides us through his discoveries around social touch with a funny and heart-warming animation.

Performed by James Cast

Thursday 17th June // 7pm

Age guidance: 13 plus

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

 

Co-created by 20 Stories High with a multi-talented collection of rappers, singers’ actors, poets, beatmakers, writers, visual artists, animators. Touchy offers a unique exploration in the world of touch.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel


Photos by Wesley Storey (Please note that these photos were taken in 2019 before any of the Covid-19 social distancing restrictions were introduced)

Images and Video

View Gallery

Cast/Co-creators:

  • #1 Jemell’s Story: Malik Lidgett
  • #2 Jazz’s Story: Faye Donna Francis
  • #3 Ella & Ste’s Story: Izzy Campbell & Pari Richards
  • #4 Sophie’s Story: Anita Welsh
  • #5 Max’s Story: James Cast

Creative Team:

  • Julia Samuels: Writer & Co-Director (Ella & Stes Story)
  • Keith Saha: Writer/Co-Writer & Director (Sophie’s Story, Max’s Story, Jemell’s Story, Jazz’s Story)
  • Amy Golding: Co-Director (Ella & Stes Story)
  • Leanne Jones: Producer
  • Lucy Graham and Natasha Patel: Assistant Producers
  • Kofi Owusu (GoPlay Studios): Director of Photography, Editor & Music Producer 
  • Miriam Nabarro: Designer
  • Joe Hornsby: Lighting Designer
  • Jonathon Everett: Sound Designer & Engineer
  • Fiona Hilton: Production Manager & Stage Manager
  • Lou Platt: Artist Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Amber Akaunu & Kay Dale (Comics Youth): Associate Artists
  • Emily McChrystal: Creative Consultant (Jazz’s story) 
  • Joe Harper: Artwork

 

  • Richard Bond: Communications Associate
  • Laura Hall: Production Accountant
  • Paislie Reid: Digital Associate 
  • Amy Thompson: Administrator 
  • Donna Coleman: Youth Worker
  • Nancy Poole: PR Associate 
  • Rob Shaw: Development Associate 

“The making of Touchy has been a unique experience. We have been on a journey of translating a piece of gig theatre to the world of short film. The artists and whole creative team have been amazing in being so adaptive, making these on Zoom at home.”

Keith Saha (writer & director)