Invitation to the­atre fes­ti­val

Big stage for youth group

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

Rob Bate­man, head of drama, with a mem­ber of Trap­door DE­LIGHTED mem­bers of a the­atre group will act in one of the coun­try’s big­gest per­for­mance fes­ti­vals.

Trap­door Drama in Chal­font St Giles has been se­lected for The Na­tional The­atre Con­nec­tions 2015 Fes­ti­val.

The group will de­velop a pro­duc­tion for young peo­ple and stage it at an un­de­cided lo­ca­tion in South Bucks in Fe­bru­ary or March 2015, and at the North Wall Arts Cen­tre in Ox­ford in May.

Judges will de­cide whether it will fea­ture as one of the 10 plays at the Na­tional The­atre.

The 14-strong cast is made up of 13 to 15-yearolds from schools such as Chalfonts Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Chal­font St Peter and Dr Chal­loner’s High School in Amer­sham.

Trap­door head of drama Rob Bate­man said: “They are de­lighted and very ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity to per­form in a pro­fes­sional the­atre.”

The play, called Re­mote, by Scot­tish play­wright Stef Smith, is about a dis­con­nected youth try­ing to ex­ist in a world of me­dia and alien­ation.

Mr Bate­man added: “Some of our kids have been with us since seven or eight years old. We are equip­ping young peo­ple with skills for life. They are im­mersed in a cre­ative process and there are aca­demic awards as well.

“We are cast­ing an en­sem­ble of ac­tors. This is not the X Fac­tor, we are not look­ing for stars. This is a group which works or­gan­i­cally to build a mean­ing­ful per­for­mance.”

Mr Bate­man en­cour­ages light­ing and sound en­thu­si­asts to help out.

He also wel­comes teenagers to try out the Wed­nes­day evening club in Pooh Cor­ner, Dib­den Hill, Chal­font St Giles.

The com­pe­ti­tion in­cludes 230 youth the­atre com­pa­nies, 5,000 young peo­ple and 684 per­for­mances.

Mr Bate­man added: “It is not a win­ning com­pe­ti­tion, it is a fes­ti­val, but we will do our ut­most to go to the fi­nal stages.”



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