Blackout, by Davey Anderson was a new play commissioned for the National Theatre's New
Connections programme 2009, and was Theatre Royal Plymouth's entry to the festival. It was performed by members of the Young Company Hubs, a network of satellite
youth theatres for young people who may not be able to access existing arts provision
in the city including the Theatre Royal Young Company.
The Hubs seek to increase confidence, self-esteem and aspiration for the young people involved. They are networked with each other and with the Young Company providing opportunities to share and celebrate achievements, to meet young people from other backgrounds and to work on joint projects.
With the aim of creating stronger links between the Hubs and the Young Company, Blackout was designed & made by the Young Company design group.
The play was first performed at the Theatre's production and education centre, TR2, to an audience of family and friends. It then played in the Drum Theatre Plymouth as part of the New Connections festival. It was also selected by the National Theatre to perform on the Olivier Stage alongside other groups from across the country. This was a huge achievement for the young people involved, some of whom had never performed before.
The play was inspired by the stories of a young offender from Glasgow; it resonated with the cast who were able relate it to their own experiences in Plymouth. The production was highly physical, blending choreography with music and text, with creative input and direction from the young people every step of the way.
Blackout: Short (8 mins)
Blackout: Full Length Version (30 mins)