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Fifteen opens this week

Fifteen, our provocative, heart-breaking new play about being fifteen, created by fifteen 15-year olds, opens this week at the Rosemary Branch Theatre.

The play, a work-in-progress version of which launched the brand new multimillion pound Platform Arts venue on Friday night, has been created from real experiences of fifteen year olds around the world, shaped lovingly by the award-winning playwright Alexandra Wood.

The fifteen participants are all new to Islington Community Theatre's work and have spent 10 days working together in a professional theatre working environment to make the piece.  It's been a really steep learning curve and we're really excited about what they might achieve with us in the future.


Cosmos: One giant leap

Four Islington Community Theatre company members are performing this week in Cosmos: a aerial project created by Scarabeus and Company of Angels, along with Year 6 students from Hargrave Park School.

Daniel O'Keefe, who has been facilitating and will be performing the project, writes ...


For the past month or so, Ehireme Omoaka, Hauk Pattison, Sammy Amokrane and myself have been working with Scarabeus on their new project 'Cosmos'.

Cosmos is a promenade theatre and aerial performance which highlights the transition for young children from Primary to Secondary school, using space as a metaphor. The piece has been broken down into appropriate sections, from Training and Take-off to Alien Encounters, even including an Intergalactic Post Office and Supplies Store.

The audience is taken from room to room after having been divided into groups of humans and aliens. Each audience member is given the opportunity to purchase some Inergalactic Space Coins which they can use to buy things later on in the performance.

With beautifully choreographed aerial movement, eye catching set design and overall brilliant work from the children themselves, Cosmos is simply fantastic.


Beginnings plays #2: The Walthamstow Three

With Beginnings fast approaching, over the next few weeks we're featuring each of the five plays that have been written especially for the project.  Each preview is written by the director of the play, and accompanied by an audioboo clip from the young people taking part in it.

Our second installment comes from Alex Brown, who is directing Ben Musgrave's play The Walthamstow Three and the Cave of Ghosts.

Our play is about three friends from Walthamstow who find themselves caught up in mysterious goings on when they go on a trip to the seaside. Should they trust the ramblings of a drunken fisherman? Will they be able to reach the cave in their small dinghy boat? And just why are the locals so keen to keep them away?

In our process so far we have been building the world of the play – making choices about what has happened to each of the characters in the past and thinking about how this changes who they are when we meet them in the play. Using improvisation we have found out things we didn’t know about each of them, filling in details that will help make them more rounded and believable on stage.

‘Playing place’ is also an important part of our rehearsals. We will not be using lots of set of props so show the audience where we are, so it is up to the actors to use their bodies to communicate this to the audience.

Getting lines learnt will be the next important step to take – once the scripts are down we can really inject some energy into the play and bring out all the great little details that the actors have been discovering over the last few weeks.