Preview: National Theatre Connections - The Wardrobe at Newcastle People's Theatre
The Young People’s Theatre will be performing Sam Holcroft's "The Wardrobe" at The People’s Theatre on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February as part of National Theatre Connections – a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people.
Connections is produced by the National Theatre and supported by a number of individuals, trusts and foundations. Each year new plays are commissioned for and about young people from some of the best contemporary playwrights, for performance by schools and youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland, making Connections one of the world’s largest celebrations of youth theatre.
This newly-written piece features a cast of over 20 young actors aged between 13 and 18, and takes audiences through over 500 years of history in under 50 minutes. Combining both light-hearted and deeply moving moments, The Wardrobe sees a range of characters taking refuge in the same wardrobe in order to seek shelter from the dangers of their time.
The cast is delighted to be presenting material which gives the opportunity to portray such a diverse range of experiences, but which they feel will have a profound resonance with modern audiences. Additionally, there is always the excitement of knowing that of the 230 groups taking part nationwide, 10 will be selected to take their production to be performed at the National Theatre in London.
The entire process has been an educational experience for all concerned, with the directorial team having had the opportunity to attend National Theatre workshops in order to help deliver techniques and skills from the world of professional theatre-makers to develop the skill and talent of Young People’s Theatre members.
This limited two-night run precedes its transfer to Northern Stage for an additional performance on Tuesday 22nd April.
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LISTINGS INFORMATION: THE WARDROBE by Sam Holcroft
DATE: Friday 21 – Saturday 22 March 2014
VENUE: The Studio Upstairs, The People’s Theatre, Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne,
TICKETS: £9 (Concessions £5)
TELE: 0191 265 5020
TELE: 0191 265 5020