Youth theatre group turn to dark side in new pro­duc­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On - By Vicky Castle

A cast of bud­ding young thes­pi­ans prom­ise to tell a story of black magic, devils and damna­tion in a pro­duc­tion of Doc­tor Faus­tus.

Mem­bers of Ash­ford Youth Theatre (AYT) will be tak­ing on the fa­mous roles of Mephistophilis, Wag­ner and Doc­tor Faus­tus him­self.

Writ­ten and pub­lished by Christo­pher Mar­lowe in 1604, the play fol­lows the story of a man of ed­u­ca­tion who trades his soul to the devil for for­tune and fame.

Pro­tag­o­nist and tragic hero Doc­tor John Faus­tus will be played by Jonny Wal­czak.

Di­rected by Daryl Brown, the cast will take on the El­iz­a­bethan tragedy of the Ger­man scholar who grows so dis­sat­is­fied with the lim­its of tra­di­tional knowl­edge he de­cides to learn magic.

The script will be per­formed by a young cast from the

Jonny Wal­czak plays Faus­tus with Naomi Wil­son and Tom Ifield as Duke and Duchess of Ban­holt theatre group, who make up the town’s semi-pro­fes­sional theatre com­pany.

The group was founded in 1983, and over the years scores of ac­tors and ac­tresses have per­formed ev­ery­thing from Shake­speare to their own writ­ten per­for­mances.

De­spite its role as a youth theatre, many mem­bers have stayed on to per­form with the com­pany into their 30s and 40s.

But the cast tak­ing on Doc­tor Faus­tus is mostly made up of young peo­ple aged be­tween 17 and 21.

Stella Critch­ley, co-founder of AYT, said: “We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to the per­for­mance, it is go­ing to be stonk­ing. We have such a bril­liant cast, they are all young, en­er­getic and gor­geous.

“The play is beau­ti­ful to watch tech­ni­cally as well and we have an amaz­ing set that won’t be re­vealed un­til the cur­tain goes up.

Tick­ets are £10 and are only avail­able on the door on the night. Per­for­mances will take place to­day (Thurs­day), to­mor­row (Fri­day) and this Satur­day at the Ash­ford Youth Theatre in Dover Place, Ash­ford. • White Cliffs Ram­blers – six-mile walk start­ing from Alkham church at 10am. Wed­neS­day • East Kent Ram­bling Club – 6.5-mile walk start­ing Eas­try church at 10.30am; five-mile walk start­ing from Walmer Castle car park at 10.30am. ThurS­day • White Cliffs Ram­blers – 13-mile walk start­ing from Princes Pa­rade, Seabrook, at 10am, pub stop at Stan­ford.

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