Derby Youth Theatre present a triple bill

For young people wanting to work with a professional theatre team and perform on stage there can be few opportunities as good as a place with Derby Youth Theatre.

Even though they are just starting out, those lucky enough to have joined get to experience life on stage and behind the scenes – just like the professional actors and technicians working for Derby Theatre.

This month three groups from the Youth Theatre are staging a triple bill of drama, which all have imaginative characters, surprising plot twists and themes.

Nicky Bellenger, the theatre’s creative learning associate, is responsible for the development of the youth theatre and says that it promises to be a really exciting evening.

“Before Christmas the three groups were each given three plays to read through and discuss together and then they all chose the one they wanted to perform.

“Rehearsals started in January and the actors have very quickly made the various characters in the different plays their own,” she explained.

“We treat them, and these shows, in the same ways as we treat all Derby Theatre productions, so they work with all the staff and the design team. The three groups don’t rehearse on the same day so we also make sure we get together for production meetings so they get to know each other.

“It is really important to us that they get the real deal and that the process mirrors what we do for the other productions,” she added.

The Triple Bill, which is being staged on April 12 and 13 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm, includes Daffodil Scissors by Philip Ridley and Stay Brave Bryony Gravy, by Carl Grose, both of which are being performed by eight to ten-year-olds and Dark Age by Richard Hurford which is being staged by the 11 to 13-year-old group.

Daffodil Scissors tells the story of a youngster who lives alone with a needy mum who insists that she wears her outrageous millinery creations. Daffodil faces up to bullies, makes new friends and meets someone who will change the lives of her and her mother.

Stay Brave Bryony Gravy continues the family issue theme in that Bryony has a mum and dad who won’t stop fighting and treat her badly.

She has no shoes, but she does have her own world of imaginary friends. That is until real life Penny Splutter from next door comes to the rescue.

The Dark Age is the story of a world where the power supply has run out, and electricity is but a myth, the Moths need the glow from the Palace of Light in order to survive. It is a play about conflict and survival – a world where people in a temporary situation want to be in a place of great wealth. It resonates well with our world today in which migrants want to find a home in Europe.

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