The UK is Off­ski

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE WEEKEND TICKET -

Young peo­ple are to per­form in the crypt of Dum­fries’his­toric Crichton Church.

It will be the first ever the­atre per­for­mance in the crypt, which is not usu­ally open to the pub­lic, and cel­e­brates the Year of Young Peo­ple.

Dum­fries and Gal­loway En­sem­ble – the re­gion’s first youth-led per­for­mance group – will give per­for­mances of their spe­cially cre­ated show, Off­ski, on Oc­to­ber 26, 27 and 28.

The pro­duc­tion is based around the UK’s exit from the Eu­ro­pean Union and looks at how this might be viewed not only by Scot­land and the world in 2018, but also by past gen­er­a­tions.

Ac­tresses Chelsie Nash, 18, from Dum­fries said: “Off­ski is about a group of young peo­ple who refuse to let some­one else make their de­ci­sions for them.

“It is in­cred­i­bly tense and be­ing set in the crypt of the church re­ally adds to the im­mer­sive at­mos­phere.”

Young peo­ple from Dum­fries, An­nan, San­quhar, Locker­bie and the Ste­wartry have all con­trib­uted to the per­for­mance.

Gra­ham Main, of pro­duc­ers Elek­tron­ica, said: “Off­ski is help­ing us to un­cover the next gen­er­a­tion of young per­form­ers and pro­duc­ers.’’

The crypt has lain un­used for decades, partly be­cause of flood­ing prob­lems which have now been fixed.

Gor­don Clark, of the Crichton De­vel­op­ment Com­pany, said: “We’ve had Big Burns Sup­per events here be­fore but never any­thing like this in the crypt.” ■ En­try to the Off­ski shows is free and tick­ets can be booked at www. big­burnssup­per.com .

Spe­cial show Play will be staged in the crypt of kirk

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