Hello! Those winter days are slowly drawing to a close, and we are already half way through our Spring Term, which is a perfect time to tell you all about the wonderful things members of the Young Company have been up to so far!
Summer Production Development Weekend
In January, four Young Company members, Mitchell Siddons, Rylan Beech, Hollie Diplock and Alice Cadmore, joined Jane Pawson and Kev Johnson for a trip to The Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton to workshop the Summer Production with members of the youth theatres at the Royal and Derngate and the West Yorkshire Playhouse. They worked with the writer, Oladipo Agbolague, to help to shape the play. Hollie even managed to give the play its title – Immune. It was a brilliant weekend, the play is set to be unlike anything we’ve produced before, you’ll have to wait for the auditions (in June) to find out more!
The Half Girl Rehearsals
After an amazing set of auditions we now have our cast for The Half Girl Spring Production in The Drum and rehearsals are now underway. We are still at the early stages, but the group have been working really hard with Lee, the Director, to start creating the world of the play. It’s going to be a magical show, so don’t forget to book your tickets.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Workshop Offer
We are offering Young Company members aged 14 – 21 the chance to get involved with a unique package deal. We have 24 places available to attend the show’s Page to Stage, Performance a Workshop, with world class theatre company Frantic Assembly. The workshop will by highly physical and energetic to explore the movement in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Fly through the air, get lost in Swindon station and uncover the everyday movements in Christopher’s world. This is a must see, must attend workshop. More details can be found on our website.
We have two really exciting and creative week long workshops for 5-11 year olds during the Easter holidays, so why not come along and get involved! Just So Stories for 5-7 year olds are based on the work of Rudyard Kipling, and the show will bring animal tales to life. They Came, They Saw, They Conga’d for 8-11 year olds is all about the Roman invasion of Britain. Both week-long activities are fast-paced, packed full of songs, movement, dance and drama are taking place at our Production and Learning centre, TR2 from Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th April. These are original musicals written by Peter Kyrke-Smith. To book a place, call the Box Office on 01752 267222.
In other news…
Girls Like That by Evan Placey has won Best Play for Young Audiences at the Writers Guild Award. Girls Like That was our commissioned summer production in 2013 and performed by members of the Young Company in the Pop-Up Theatre at TR2.
We ran a two-session Playwriting Workshop in January and February with playwright Shiona Morton, with some really great work being written by those attending! Well done!
Air Born, the all boys dance group, have been selected to perform at the U.Dance regional platform in April. Congratulations!
In May, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas makes its way to the Lyric stage and there is an opportunity for some Young Company members to be involved with the production as extras. Keep an eye out on your emails for more information about this exciting offer.
We have lots of one-off workshops that take place over the year, and this term we have had an Audition Workshop and a Playwriting Workshop, both have been really successful. If there are any specialist or one-off workshops that you would like to see in the future please do let us know. We would love to hear your ideas!
Find out more and contact us
Find out more about opportunities coming up with the Young Company by going to the Take Part area of our website. Speak to Oliver Bond, Creative Learning Assistant, for bookings on to regular groups and one-off workshops – 01752 230379