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Education Resource Packs

Discover our tailor-made resource packs for teachers and educators to assist you in the classroom.

What materials are available?

Resource packs for Charlene James’ 2016 play Cuttin’ It and Inua Ellams’ 2019 adaptation of Three Sisters are available below with resource packs for GCSE set-texts Leave Taking (1987) and Princess and the Hustler (2019) becoming available soon. All resource packs are freely available for educators and include information on:


  • The play’s original performance
  • Historical and cultural context for the plays
  • Interviews with the writer or director
  • Analyses of characters and themes
  • Breakdowns of the play’s structure
  • Exercises for students
  • Further reading and useful links


Further plays from the Black Plays Archive are available to watch on the National Theatre Collection, including Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum Dreams, Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles, Winsome Pinnock’s Rockets and Blue Lights and many more. The National Theatre Collection is free for UK state primary and secondary schools and FE colleges. For more information, please head to the National Theatre Collection page on the National Theatre website.

Cuttin' It by Charlene James

Tsion Habte (left) and Adelayo Adedayo (left) in Charlene James' play Cuttin' It.

Tsion Habte (left) and Adelayo Adedayo (left) in Charlene James’ Cuttin’ It. Photo © David Sandison.

Cuttin’ It is a play about the heart-wrenching connection between two London school girls from Somalia. The past and present collide in a tale centred around friendship and the harrowing impact of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Britain. The play was written by activist, actor and playwright Charlene James in 2016.

For key stages four and five.


Cuttin’ It Resource Pack

Three Sisters adapted by Inua Ellams

Three women sit hunched over, holding each other in a grassy plain.

Sarah Niles (left) as Lolo, Natalie Simpson (middle) as Nne and Rachel Ofori (right) as Udo in Inua Ellams’ adaptation of Chekov’s Three Sisters, National Theatre, 2019. Photograph © The Other Richard.

Anton Chekhov’s original story of Three Sisters is set in Russia, in the 19th century, during a time of upheaval. Inua Ellams’ adaptation is set in Nigeria in the 1960s, a country struggling with the legacy of colonialism. Independence brings the possibility of change but white Europeans are still in the background, pulling strings and reaping the benefits, nothing has changed.

For key stages four and five.


Three Sisters Resource Pack

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