On The Line

Funny, tense and almost painfully pertinent.  The Reviews Hub 

‘We stick out like balls on a bulldog in these endz. It’s gonna be like three seconds before they stop and search us.’

When inner city teenagers Tia and Kai find themselves living it up in their rich schoolmate’s mansion, they think their day can’t get any better. Until a priceless fishing fly vanishes, leading to home truths being revealed and life-long friendships stretched to breaking point.

Gritty, gripping and witty, On The Line is a coming of age play for today exploring issues of cultural identity and barriers to social mobility, exposing the challenges faced by young people growing up in the current tough political environment.

ON THE LINE run at Camden People’s Theatre before touring secondary schools, arts centres and theatres.

Get in touch for bookings and information.

Image credit: Alex Brenner

Emilia Teglia has developed the play from an original idea by Cheyanne Thomson and Emily Johnston and their friends from Camden’s Action Youth Boxing Intervention in response to #Haters as part of our Creative Debate project. The story is based on their experiences.  The soundtrack with tunes by their favourite Drill and pop artists underscores their humour, bitterness and complexities.

Like ODD EYES’ previous work, On The Line deals with topical issues of cultural identity and barriers to social mobility, exposing the challenges faced by young people growing up in the current tough political environment.


Writer & Director: Emilia Teglia

Tia performed by: Giorgia Valentino
Kai performed by: Zacchaeus Kayode

Assistant Producer: Andreea Tudose
Movement Director: Nevena Stojkov
Stage Manager / Lighting Designer: Nicolas Petersen-Gyongyosi
Assistant Stage Manager / Casting Assistant (Placement): Andreea Pieleanu

Marketing Assistant (Placement): Alara Koroglu
Administrator: Sara-Jane Kaba
Rehearsal photographer Alex Brenner
Marketing photographers: Paul Grieve and Giorgia Valentino

Image credit: Paul Grieve | Design: Max Batty


‘A play of the 21st century in “Endz!”’ 

‘It was really relatable and I loved how creative it was and how we got to discuss and make our own scenes afterwards.’ (Student, Year 9, Deptford Green Academy)

‘I felt like I was there with the actors in the story and really felt their emotions. Even more because they were going through very relatable experiences for me.’ (Student, Year 10 Parkview Secondary School)

‘The debate was interesting and mind-opening.’ (Student, Year 9 Clapton Girls Academy)

An in-depth look into wealth, class and the age of Gen-Z. The themes of class division with a flash of police were extremely resonant with the current climate. (Jack Edwards, Programme and events assistant at Richmix, attending Tower Theatre sharing)

‘Buzzes with vitality, fear of change, ambition and the feeling of being left behind in the desire to succeed. But primarily it’s about hope, family and friendship Amazing show! Amazing cast!’ (Karen @MrsOsmond_ on Twitter



Interested in bringing On The Line to your theatre venue or school in 2024?
Find out more here and email Sara-Jane at [email protected] to request more information.



ON THE LINE is a great play for audition monologues and drama groups.

You can buy a copy of the play here.

Discounts on bulk orders for drama group apply.  Contact [email protected] to place your order.

What people think

“It is very different to any play you have probably seen and is very interesting.” (Audience at On The Line sharing, Barons Court Theatre)

“A play of the 21st century in “Endz!”” (Young audience member at On The Line sharing)

“A smart well written and directed piece of spoken word narrative theatre” (Adrian Jackson, about #Haters)

“Stunning, was just stunning. What Emilia’s done to this production is sort of ground level, in the sense that she’s taken us completely to Shaw and his critique about being ‘other’.” (Bonnie Greer about Pygmalion)

“A strong production that is definitely worth seeing.” (Remote Goat about Pygmalion)

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