Boundless Theatre


29 Mar – 22 Apr 2017
By Glenn Waldron
Directed by Rob Drummer
At Southwark Playhouse

“Where are the grown-ups to do something, where are the grown-ups in this story?”

Three countries. Three teenagers. One average, life-altering day.

A young man battles with feelings of love and violence. Another is stuck with the image of someone being pushed from a rooftop. And a girl must choose between her friends and her conscience.

‘Natives’ is a rallying cry to a generation of unlikely heroes and celebrates coming of age online in a chaotic world.

Production Supported by ASOS and Damaris Media.

Recommended age 14+


“It’s the best play I’ve seen this year to articulate an urgent contemporary moment.”

**** Metro

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Southwark Playhouse
Box office: 020 7407 0234

29 March – 22 April

BSL Performance:
19 April

Start Time 8pm Monday – Sunday

3.30pm Saturdays and Tuesday 4 April


£12 Previews
£16 Concessions
£20 Full price


Photo Credit: Richard Davenport
★★★★ An intriguing and surprising insight into millennial angst, ‘Natives’ inspires sympathy for a generation that’s wrongly perceived as invincible. TimeOut
★★★★ Rob Drummer’s smart production keeps things very simple and unfurls with the tension of a thriller in 90 minutes that gets right inside the confusions and emotional complexities of the teenage mind. The Guardian
★★★★ Waldron's play is a sharp wake-up call to an adult generation who are blithely abandoning their children to the unknown psychological impact of an ever-more intrusive digital landscape. Metro
★★★★★ With three performances that match the thrilling energy in the writing, this is a top class production of an up-to-date morality play that never preaches but entertains and enthrals throughout. The Reviews Hub
★★★★★ Every secondary school Drama teacher needs to read this play. Theatre Full Stop
★★★★★ Natives takes an innovative look at how life affects young people today [...] The cast are quite exceptional. Theatre Weekly
Playwright Glenn Waldron


Ella Purnell Actor

Ella Purnell plays A in ‘Natives’. She is making her professional stage debut. She was one of Screen International Stars of Tomorrow 2010. For film, she will appear in the forthcoming ‘Churchill’, her credits include ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’, ‘Never Let me Go’, ‘Maleficent’, ‘Intruders’ and ‘Kick Ass 2’.

Fionn Whitehead Actor

Fionn plays B in ‘Natives’. He is making his professional stage debut. He was one of Screen Internationals Stars of Tomorrow 2016. For television his credits include ‘Him’; and for film, he will appear in the forthcoming Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘The Children Act’.

Manish Gandhi Actor

Manish plays C in ‘Natives’. He was included in the British Council’s 2016 global list of 33 cultural influencers from around the world promoting freedom and equality. For theatre his credits include ‘Now We Are Here’ (Young Vic), ‘Brown Shakespeare’ (Efua Theodora Sutherland Drama Studio, Legon-Accra), ‘Rizwan’ (FTII, Pune), ‘Limbo’ and ‘Cock’ (National Centre of Performing Arts, Mumbai).

For television, ‘Rides upon the Storm’, ‘Judwa Raja’ and ‘Na Bole Tum’; and for film, ‘That Transient Interval’, ‘Chai Shai Biscuits’ and ‘Rizwaan’.


Glenn Waldron Playwright

Glenn Waldron is a London-based playwright and writer. A former magazine editor and journalist, Glenn was Editor of i-D magazine and his feature writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Independent, Vogue, W magazine, and other publications. His first play ‘Forever House’ premiered at the Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth and his work has since been performed in Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and the USA. Upcoming productions include ‘The Here And This And Now’ at TRP and ‘End of the Pier’ at Hackney Showroom.

Glenn also lectures in journalism and pop culture at the University of the Arts London.

Upcoming productions include The Here And This And Now at TRP and End of the Pier at Hackney Showroom. Glenn also lectures in journalism and pop culture at the University of the Arts London.

Rob Drummer Director

Rob joined Boundless Theatre in July 2016 as Artistic Director and become sole CEO in 2019.  Rob leads the organisation including commissioning new work and developing artists and projects as well as leading strategy for engaging young adults across the artistic programme.  Currently working with Arts Council England on the strategic development of the Impacts & Insights Toolkit, Rob is passionate about new ways to innovate around more audiences engaging with theatre and better understanding the impact of the arts on young adults specifically.

For Boundless, Rob has directed NATIVES by Glenn Waldron (2017), CONFIDENCE by Judy Upton (2018), RADIO ELUSIA by Nina Segal (2020) & ADDICTIVE BEAT (2022).

Before joining Boundless he was Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre where for three and a half years he ran the Literary Department and was responsible for all playwriting work including the commissioning and development of new plays for production.  He has established partnerships with Playwrights of New York (PoNY), delivered projects with Kudos Film & Television and established a partnership with Drama Centre London and Oberon Books on the ‘Student Guide To Writing: Playwriting’.

Prior to joining the Bush Rob was the first Literary Manager for HighTide Festival Theatre where he supported the expansion of the festival, doubling the number of productions and before leaving the company directed Luke Barnes’ ‘Eisteddfod’ (Latitude), ‘Endless Poem’ (London 2012 Festival) and ‘Perish’ (HighTide & Public Theater, New York).

As a Dramaturg and Director Rob has worked with playwrights at theatres including The National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Contact, York Theatre Royal and Theatre503. Rob was one of the first recipients of an Artists’ International Development Fund from the Arts Council and British Council and spent time working in South Africa with playwrights and theatre makers at the Baxter and Market Theatres.


Amelia Jane Hankin Designer

Amelia trained at RADA and the RSC. Upcoming design credits include ‘Good Dog’ (Watford Palace Theatre) and ‘The Same Deep Water As Me’ (Guildhall).

Recent design credits include, ‘Rudolf’ (West Yorkshire Playhouse), ‘The Crucible’ (Guildhall), ‘Torch’ (Edinburgh Festival), ‘We Are You’ (Young Vic), ‘Bricks and Pieces’ (RADA/Latitude), ‘The Neighbourhood Project’ (Bush Theatre), ‘This is Art’ (Shakespeare in Shoreditch), ‘The Tiger’s Bones’ (Polka and West Yorkshire Playhouse), ‘The Little Prince’ (Arcola), ‘Pinter Triple Bill and Dealer’s Choice’ (Guildhall),

‘Night Before Christmas’ (West Yorkshire Playhouse,) ‘She Called Me Mother’ (Tara Arts and National Tour)  ‘Fake It ’Til You Make It’ with Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn (National Tour, Traverse Theatre and Soho Theatre) and ‘64 Squares’ with Rhum and Clay (National Tour and Edinburgh Festival).

Amelia’s designs for The Itinerant Music Hall were exhibited at the V&A Museum as part of the MAKE/BELIEVE UK Design for Performance exhibition July – January 2016.

Father Sound Design

Father is a music composition and sound-design studio which works on the principle that sound and image should work in tandem.

Founded by Joe Farley and Freddie Webb, Father uses a variety of approaches that bridge musicality and sound design for rich, provocative and emotive sonic landscapes.

Zoe Spurr Lighting Design

Zoe trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Recent theatre lighting designs include ‘School Play’ (Southwark Playhouse), ‘Good Dog (Watford Palace and UK Tour), ‘The Truth’ (Central Szinhaz, Budapest), ‘Muted’ (Bunker Theatre), ‘Erwartung/Twice Through The Heart’ with Shadwell Opera (Hackney Showroom), ‘The Knife Of Dawn’ (Sackler Studio, Roundhouse), ‘Affection’ and ‘Hookup’ with Outbox Theatre Company (Hackney Showroom/Contact Manchester/Site Specific), ‘Torch’ and ‘This Evil Thing’ (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016),

‘A Serious Case of The F*ckits’ and ‘The Heresy of Love’ (Central), ‘Bitches’ (NYT, Finborough Theatre), and ‘Hookup’ with Outbox Theatre Company (Hackney Showroom/Contact Manchester).

Corporate designs include the Terry Pratchett Final Book Launch at Waterstones Piccadilly Circus, and ‘Grey Goose Fly Beyond’ at the Welsh Presbyterian Chapel, Shaftesbury Avenue.

John Ross Movement

John trained at London Contemporary Dance School.

As a performer he has collaborated with companies and choreographers including the Royal Opera House, Jorge Cresis, Freddie Opoku-Addiade, Ace Dance & Music, Two Thirds Sky, SmallPetitKlein, C12 Dance Theatre, Opera North, Tom Dale and Jasmin Vardimon.

Recent work as Movement Director includes: ‘Treasure Island’ (Birmingham Rep); ‘Deny, Deny, Deny’ (Park Theatre); ‘Labyrinth, Deposit’ (Hampstead Theatre); ‘Henry V’ (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); ‘Talent, Diana of Dobson’s’ (New Vic Theatre); ‘Jumpy’ (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); ‘Treasure’ (Finborough);

‘One Arm’ (Southwark Playhouse). Choreography for John Ross Dance includes: ‘Faust’ (Vilnius City Opera); ‘Blink’, ‘Wolfpack’ (Tour/V&A’s Theatre and Performance Archive), ‘Man Down’ (UK Tour/International Tour), ‘Little Sheep’, alongside commissions for Dance United, Shoreditch Youth Dance, DanceEast, Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and Old Vic New Voices.

Awards include: Donald Dewar Award (2010), New Adventures Choreographer Award (2013) and MOKO Children’s Choreography Award (2014). In 2015 he was named as one of the BBC Performing Arts Fund’s 32 Ones to Watch.

Cate Blanchard Video Design

Cate studied Theatre Practice at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she now works as a visiting lecturer in Video Design for Performance. Cate has previously worked at Apple for five years teaching Mac based programs. As a practitioner, Cate enjoys devising situations and as a designer has worked with ranging companies across the UK.

Favourite shows include: ‘Why The Whales Came’ (UK Tour Wizard Presents), LAMDA rep season Directed by Philip Wilson, ‘Amphibians’ (Offstage Theatre, Offwestend Award) Directed by Cressida Brown, ‘The Magic Flute’ (English Touring Opera UK Tour), ‘The Changeling’ (Southwark Playhouse). Cate is currently working on devised collaboration with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Complicite.


Listen to a mixtape inspired by our hit show Natives created by Father
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Rob Drummer, Artistic Director 27 March 2017

I am writing this at the start of our fourth week of rehearsals for ‘Natives’ and in amongst the swirl of notes, run throughs, creative team meetings and preparing to move…

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