Forward_posterCatch22 supporter and script writer, Tara Jayne Manufor has written a musical drama about the issues young people face. The show takes place on Sunday 1 May at the Tabernacle Theatre in Notting Hill and all ticket profits will go to Catch22.

The drama, which focuses on one young man who has to make difficult choices about his future, addresses issues of gangs, violence and family breakdown. Tara Jayne decided to donate profits from ticket sales to Catch22 after reading about our work with young people. Tara Jayne says: ‘When you’re young sometimes you feel like giving up. You need a push but that support isn’t always there anymore. I think that’s what Catch22 do; they help young people move forward.’

Tara Jayne studied creative writing at Kingston University and has since worked with director Mo Ali. One of the stars of the drama is a young person from a Catch22 Talent Studio project. The event will feature cameos from familiar urban music stars such as Roachee, Stutta, Smurfie Syco, Little Dee and Priscilla Arden, plus special guest performances from Maleka and Dotstar.

Tickets are £10 and available to buy from

Special guest appearances

Dotstar aka Lagosboi is a young talented voice from North West London. Dotstar’s music has an influence because of his background. His hit songs include ‘Stick up’ and new song ‘Xpensive’ .

A.L. is a 23-year-old, talented singer/songwriter from East London. Also known as The Cockney Diva, her music covers a variety of genres and has taken influence from artists such as Jill Scott, Mary J Blige, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. A.L. has developed her own unique style, which includes thoughtful lyrics and a distinctive sound over funky, soulful beats. She has collaborated with producers such as Hardhouse Banton, Jammer, Lewi White, Rollin G, Footsteps, Swindle, Rowntree, Dj Naughty. A.L. was one of 26 acts who performed at Wembley Arena for the UK Funky Live Concert 2009.

With thanks to ITV Fixers who have provided a small budget to put the show on.