"As it happens, this was the third incarnation of “This Is Our Youth” that I’ve seen in the past three years...and it was the best.” Cynthia Zarin, The New Yorker.


Playground Theatre


Stella Powell-Jones


Sebastian De Souza
Jessamine-Bliss Bell
Morgan Watkins

Meet the cast

Sebastian de Souza is an actor & writer. First appearing, aged 16, in the role of Matty Levan in Channel 4’s Bafta-Award Winning drama Skins.

Subsequently he has played leading roles in Neil Jordan’s Showtime-produced series, ‘The Borgias’, opposite Jeremy Irons & Holliday Grainger; ABC’s addiction drama ‘Recovery Road’; Ealing Studios coming-of-age drama ‘Kids In Love’, playing opposite Will Poulter, Jamie Blackley, Cara Delevingne & Gala Gordon.

Most recently, Sebastian can be seen in ‘Ophelia’, opposite Naomi Watts, Daisy Ridley and Clive Owen and as Sandro Botticelli in Netflix’s ‘Medici’, opposite Sean Bean.

Sebastian has written for the stage & screen. As well as co-writing ‘Kids In Love’, his writing credits include a new play, ‘Hammersmith & City’, which will open at the White City Studio Theatre in February 2019. ‘The Rolling Thunder Revue’ – a musical revue, designed to be his generation’s answer to ‘The Tube’– which will air on TV next year, with Sebastian hosting. Currently, Sebastian is finishing his first novel: the first in a series of YA novels.

Jessamine trained at Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, her film credits include: Dragonheart: Battle For the Heartfire, My Best Friend’s Wedding, 2015 Annee Quelconque (Les Fils De -short), Smart Talks with Yayoi Kusama (short AirFrance TV), and A Brooklyn Love Story (short).

Morgan trained at RADA has performed at The National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, and The Watford Palace Theatre. Theatre credits include: Saved and Desire Under the Elms (Lyric Hammersmith). Television credits include: The Hour, Harlots, Peep Show, The Mill, The Pity of War, Silent Witness, George Gently, and Silk. Film credits include: Wild Bill, Kingsman The Secret Service, Suffragette, Chicken, A Little Chaos, The Mad Axeman, Anna, and The Limehouse Golem.

Meet the writer

Kenneth Lonergan (born October 16, 1962) is an American film director, playwright, and screenwriter. He is best known for co-writing Gangs of New York (2002), and for writing and directing You Can Count On Me (2000), Margaret (2011), and Manchester by the Sea (2016). Lonergan earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Director for Manchester by the Sea, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for You Can Count On Me, Gangs of New York, and Manchester by the Sea, winning for the latter at the 89th Academy Awards. He also won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea at the 70th British Academy Film Awards.

Meet the director