Dream­ing of ham­sters in youth show

Middleton Guardian - - WHAT’S ON WITH ALL ACROSS THE ARTS - STEVE COOKE

steve@aata.me BASED in Rochdale, founded in 1977, M6 Theatre spe­cialises in cre­at­ing and de­liv­er­ing dy­namic pro­duc­tions for young au­di­ences.

The com­pany’s work is renowned for its deep emo­tional res­o­nance and the dy­namic com­bi­na­tion of orig­i­nal sto­ry­telling, highly vis­ual im­agery and evoca­tive mu­sic.

M6’s Youth Theatre runs three weekly ses­sions, one for each group: ages 15 to 18, 12 to 14 and Act to Shine.

At these ses­sions, young peo­ple get the chance to cre­ate and per­form theatre, work with pro­fes­sional theatre mak­ers, learn other skills such as film, dance, com­edy and cre­ative writ­ing, gain con­fi­dence, make new friends, ex­per­i­ment, ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­plore.

Each group is pre­sent­ing a newly de­vised per­for­mance:

The Fac­tory, by Act to Shine, will be on stage on Fri­day, March 23, at 7pm. Tickets cost £1.

The show ex­plores what it means to be dif­fer­ent. With warmth and hu­mour, it tells a story of the chal­lenges and power of be­ing dif­fer­ent.

Ev­ery­one at The Fac­tory is the same. The mak­ers like rou­tine and or­der and they like ev­ery day to be the same. There’s noth­ing wrong with that, is there?

We dis­cover what hap­pens when a newre­cruit ar­rives in The Fac­tory. She’s cer­tainly not like ev­ery­one else.

She dresses dif­fer­ently, she knocks things over and – worst of all – she sings.

Grow­ing Pains, by the ages 15 to 18 Youth Theatre, will be staged on Mon­day, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £3 for adults, £2 for con­ces­sions.

M6’s 15-18s Youth Theatre mem­bers share their mem­o­ries of grow­ing up. Some of the sto­ries are true, some are partly drama­tised for the au­di­ence’s en­ter­tain­ment and some are com­pletely made up.

There are even parts of the per­for­mance that they haven’t ac­tu­ally re­hearsed.

Grow­ing Pains is a light-hearted look back at play­ground an­tics and teenage angst. I RE­MEM­BER how sur­prised I was, as a man with two left feet, to be­come a trustee of Can’t Dance Can – or Spi­ral Dance as it then was.

I merely men­tioned in con­ver­sa­tion to CEO Cather­ine Wilkes - then Cather­ine Robin­son - how much I had en­joyed a re­cent Ca­jun Dance Fes­ti­val week­end in Bury.

I per­haps should have told her I had been there in a jour­nal­is­tic ca­pac­ity rather than as a dancer, but it was true that I had fallen in love with this courtly, pa­tois mu­sic.

It is that love of Ca­jun mu­sic that sees me se­lect Aca­dien Two Step for All Across the Arts’ vir­tual playlist of dance-re­lated records. The record­ing of it by The Balfa Broth­ers first came to my at­ten­tion in 2000 on a world mu­sic sam­pler CD.

The Balfa Broth­ers (or Les Frères Balfa) were an Amer­i­can five-piece Ca­jun mu­sic en­sem­ble of broth­ers, with a line-up of fid­dle, gui­tar, har­mon­ica,

When I’m Bored I Dream About Ham­sters, by the ages 12 to 14 Youth Theatre, is set for Wed­nes­day, March 28 and Thurs­day, March 29, at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £3 for adults, £2 for con­ces­sions.

The mem­bers of M6 12-14s group have been ex­plor­ing what bore­dom in the modern world means - what hap­pens to us when we be­come bored, can we es­cape vo­cals, tri­an­gle and spoons and Ca­jun ac­cor­dion. This fam­ily band had been play­ing to­gether since the 1940s, first record­ing in 1951. See more at www. lou­i­si­ana101.com/rr_ ca­jun_­mu­sic.htm. bore­dom and why does it ex­ist - have you ever been so bored you’ve dreamt about ham­sters? For more in­for­ma­tion on shows, call 01706 355898 or visit www. m6the­atre.co.uk.

Last year’s M6 Theatre 15 to 18 Youth Theatre group show, Pro­ject Fear

Above and be­low, Nor­man War­wick

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