Calne children to hit stage in play festival
4:00pm Thursday 14th March 2013 in Latest News
Drama students at St Mary’s, Calne, will take to the stage at the Bristol Old Vic on Monday, March 25.
Pupils from Years 9 and 10 will tread the boards in the National Theatre’s connections project, one of the biggest youth theatre festivals on the planet.
Over the course of the festival, ten new plays will be performed by 230 youth theatre companies.
The Act Up! ensemble from St Mary’s will performing a new play – Don’t Feed The Animals by Jemma Kennedy.
The play, set in a circus, follows twins Zack and Missy as they try to save the family business by training an un-trainable gang of bored youths in circus skills.
St Mary’s drama department is based at the school’s purpose-built Delscey Burns Theatre and regularly takes plays to London and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Director of drama Lilian Leadbetter said: “The festival is a wonderful opportunity for our actors to be involved in staging a new play written for the National Theatre Connections scheme set against the backdrop of the iconic Bristol Old Vic.
“This is part of our full programme of transferring shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, RADA in London and theatres in our region, such as Bath and Bristol.”
The performance takes place at 7pm, with another school performing at 8.30pm. Tickets are available from The Bristol Old Vic Box Office: bristololdvic.org.uk, Tel: (0117) 987 7877. For more details, call (01249) 857200.