Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances this event is now cancelled. 

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?

Originally commissioned by Upstart Theatre for DARE Festival 5, 2021.


Katurah Morrish is a theatre-maker, actor and youth arts practitioner with a background in educational research. She is particularly interested in work that investigates the mechanisms and commonly held beliefs that prop up harmful and destructive systems and practices. Morrish is committed to making work that argues for a better future for young people and often finds herself impatiently asking why not change now?

Morrish trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and studied Education at the University of Cambridge. She is Assistant Youth Director at Group 64 Theatre for Young People and a member of the performance art collective thewonderful.

Find out more about Katurah Morrish here.

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About Upstart Theatre

Upstart Theatre exists to provoke honest, playful and inspiring conversations about the biggest challenges which face our society. They use theatre to create connections within and between communities, both in the UK and around the world, and to bring previously unheard voices into the mainstream.

Find out more about Upstart Theatre here.

Please note that this is a performance sharing currently in development. 



We are constantly monitoring the government’s COVID-19 guidelines. Should the situation change, the event will be postponed and bookers will be notified in regards to their options.

Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation through the Weston Culture Fund