Invitation to theatre festival
Big stage for youth group
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.”