THE LEARNING LOTTERY

VAULT Festival, 15-20 March 2022

Created by Katurah Morrish and Upstart Theatre

Step into the black lace-ups of UK teenagers and attempt one simple goal: do well at school. The teens are eager and the education system professes “to provide world-class education… for everyone, whatever their background” (DfE, 2020), so what could possibly go wrong?

Created from research, The Learning Lottery scrutinises the narrative that the UK is a functioning meritocracy. It asks audiences to confront our relationship with a system that insists on its investment in equality, and yet strangely, somehow, always recreates uncannily similar stories of winners and losers.

Which numbers will you draw?