Young Company are gearing up

Picture1After beating stiff competition to win a place in the National Theatre Connections Festival, Buxton Opera House’s Young Company are gearing up to the curtains-up on their opening performance.

The Accordion Shop is based on The Allodi Accordion Shop in Lewisham and tells the story of what happened to the family business (established in the 50s) and local residents during the 2011 London riots and lootings.

Opera House chief executive Simon Glinn said: “The Accordion Shop is a great, pithy piece and a perfect opening production for the new Buxton Opera House Young Company.”

The Opera House has partnered with Salford’s Lowry Theatre and following the premiere of The Accordion Shop at Pavilion Arts Centre from March 10-14 it will be performed there on Friday May 8.

As well as acting, the Young Company create marketing campaigns, design sets and costumes, operate lighting and sound boards and stage-manage their performances.

Craig Sanders, learning and participation officer said: “The significance of this production is huge as it is the first year the Young Company has taken part in this nationwide celebration of youth theatre. This is also the first time the Opera House has supported emerging theatre design talent as we have an amazingly creative third year degree student from Nottingham Trent University designing the set and costumes for our production.”