Positive Stories for Negative Times

Presented by Wonder Fools in association with Traverse Theatre

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Positive Stories for Negative Times is a new national participatory project by Wonder Fools.

This innovative and exciting project responds to the lack of physical spaces for young people to participate in creative activities due to the pandemic, and instead allows them to come together to make new work online.

Wonder Fools and the Traverse Theatre have commissioned some of the UK’s most exciting voices to write new plays for young people including Sabrina Mahfouz, Stef Smith, Chris Thorpe and Bea Webster. The plays are written specifically to be performed remotely and will be free to participating groups from September 2020—July 2021. The final performances recorded by the different groups will be shared online and hosted on a website created by Wonder Fools (positivestories.scot) that platforms and celebrates all the brilliant work from young people across the UK and beyond.

Over 2,700 young people and 172 groups are already signed up to perform the Positive Stories plays - from the Outer Hebrides to Madrid, York to Quebec - why not join them today? Find out more below.


Ozymandias by Robbie Gordon and Jack Nurse
A contemporary story inspired by Percy Shelley’s 19th century poem of the same name exploring power, oppression and racism through the eyes of young people.

The Pack by Stef Smith
A playful and poetic exploration about getting lost in the loneliness of your living room and trying to find your way home.

Bad Bored Women of the Rooms by Sabrina Mahfouz
A storytelling adventure through the centuries of women and girls who have spent a lot of time stuck in a room.

Is this a Fairytale? by Bea Webster
A new play that rips apart the traditional fairy-tale canon and turns it on its head in a surprising, inventive and unconventional way.

Hold Out Your Hand by Chris Thorpe
A dynamic text asking questions about place, where we are now and the moment we are living through.

How to get involved

Wonder Fools are inviting all groups who work with young people between 8 and 25 to get involved. The project is live and runs until July 2021.

To sign up, head over to positivestories.scot where you’ll be able to read more about the plays and sign up to take part. All participating groups will be sent their chosen script to perform rights free, a ten part framework of exercises to help your group explore the text and given a pin on an online map where you will be able to upload and share your final performance with other youth groups around the UK and beyond.

Groups can include youth theatres, schools, colleges or anyone working with young people between 8 and 25 in need of some creativity and connection. No theatre experience is necessary as the framework provides a step-by-step guide through the process. The entire process is designed to work either live in the space, through blended learning or completely online and the framework provides adaptations for all circumstances.

Supported by SCVO Welling Being Fund, Foundation Scotland Resource Fund, Renfrewshire Leisure and Future Paisley, Garfield Weston Foundation.

Illustration by Molly Fairhurst, design by Orlando Lloyd.


  • Writers, OzymandiasRobbie Gordon & Jack Nurse
  • Writer, The PackStef Smith
  • Writer, Bad Bored Women of the RoomsSabrina Mahfouz
  • Writer, Is This a Fairytale?Bea Webster
  • Writer, Hold Out Your HandChris Thorpe
  • ProducerSteph Connell
  • Assistant ProducerEilidh Nurse
  • Participation AssociatesGemma Nicol & Lisa Williamson (Hidden Route)