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What does 'English' mean to you?

Is England amidst an identity crisis? Has English nationalism been weaponised by the far right? Is 'Englishness' about where you were born, where you live or how you feel? What place does art have in shaping our sense of national identity?

At a time when the national conversation can often be dominated by division, we asked artists from around the country to come together and ask themselves what Englishness is, and what it means to them.

Follow @YoungVicTheatre on Twitter and join the #MyEngland debate.


Fourteen theatre makers from across England were each commissioned to write a monologue about what Englishness means to them now. Seven of the monologues were filmed on location in the regions the writers are from, including Coventry, Halifax, Luton, the Peak District, Plymouth, Middlesbrough and London. The other seven films were filmed at the Young Vic over the course of a single day, performed by people from our local neighbourhood, in collaboration with the Young Vic’s Taking Part department.

Thanks to

Thanks to Arts Council England, Genesis Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation for their generous support in making this project possible.

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