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Young Company: Autumn Update

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We are now half way through our Autumn Term 2015! Here are some highlights from September and October along with some things to look forward to…

Frantic Assembly’s Ignition

Frantic Assembly returned to Plymouth this Autumn searching for the next generation of new young male physical performers aged 16-20 from across the country. We delivered taster sessions at, KEVICCS, Street Factory and in the Lab before the trials for this year’s Ignition company. We saw a record number of young men at the trials this year and we’re really pleased that Max Revell from Street Factory was selected and will be performing in London in half term. The sessions were led by Plymouth-based Perry Johnson, who took part in the Ignition Company 2012. Since taking part he has gone to be trained as a Frantic Assembly practitioner and now works regularly with the company. We host Ignition sessions every September, so if you are interested in physical theatre and performance, look out for more info in the future.

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Audition Workshops

Two Audition Workshops took place during October, for Young Company members aged 15-21 who are preparing for Drama School and University. The workshops, focusing on Voice Technique and Audition Speeches, were delivered by practitioner and actor Ruth Mitchell, and Plymouth University lecturer Dr John Matthews. The workshops gave participants the chance to gain new techniques and advice when planning their auditions, and were really well received by those that took part. We offer a variety of one-off workshops throughout the year, so please do keep an eye on the website.

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Young Company Design – Live Project (NT Connections 500)

The first of our Live Projects, taking place in February, will be working on our Young Company Hubs NT Connections 500 Production, which will be performed in local schools around Plymouth before transferring to the Drum stage for the NT Connections 500 Festival in April. The Design group will be given the brief to create the set, props and costume for our chosen play, working alongside the creative team, including the director, and production manager as well as the cast. The Live Project will look at the skills for making for touring theatre, allow you to solve problems and make decisions about the set, props and costume as well as give you hands-on experience of working within the production workshops at the theatre’s world-class production facility, TR2.

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Young Company NT Connections 500

Our next Young Company Production has been announced, Gargantua by Carl Grose which is part of the NT Connections Festival 2016! Along with 500 other youth theatre and schools groups across the country, the Young Company will take part in the festival and will perform in local schools and on the Drum stage next Spring. This fantastic production will be directed by Christopher Gorry, with auditions being held on 12th and 13th December, and is open to Young Company members aged 12 – 16. More information will be sent out to the membership soon, so keep an eye on your emails!

In other news…

  • There are loads of theatre trips this term for YC members who are attending the regular weekly groups. The YC Dance group and Airborn went to see Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty on Tues 20th Oct and had a brilliant time!
  • This year Outpost returned to the Royal William Yard. This is a pop up theatre which is run by our very own Tom Nicholas, practitioner and ex-YC member. We were delighted to see ex YC members Anna Salisbury, Matt Reeve and JJ McColl performing in the opening performance of Outpost in Everything Must Go.

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Contact Info
Oliver Bond, Creative Learning Assistant for bookings on to regular groups and one-off workshops – 01752 230379

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