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Wednesday
Jun292011

Fifteen: meet the company

 

Here are the winners of the Islington Community Theatre/Rosemary Branch Theatre Young Theatre Innovators Awards 2011.

We've inaugurated the award as a way to reward those young people who have shown real theatre-making flair throughout the GCSE year.

Their reward is a 2 week project at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, leading to a brand new devised piece, Fifteen, directed by ICT's Artistic Director Ned Glasier and written with the award winning playwright Alexandra Wood.

Monday
Jun272011

July Newsletter

We've launched our latest newsletter - with news of some really eye-catching productions in July.

You can read it here.

Monday
Jun272011

Beginnings plays #1: Games

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.


First up is Ola Ince (below), who is directing Sheila White's play Games.  Ola says:

Games by Sheila White tells the story of five reckless teenagers who are thrust into adulthood, when they lose a close friend after an adrenaline fuelled game.  We witness these young adults struggling to come to terms with the consequences of their actions, which will ultimately determine their futures.
 
After experiencing the negative side of a game will they stop playing them? Or will their games evolve into sinister status games?

Over the last three weeks we have got through three drafts of the play and seen intricate and intriguing characters emerge.  We have had an amazing time exploring status and trying to figure out exactly who the characters are. We’ve discovered secrets that we didn’t know existed and had revelations about the characters relationships before the incident.
 
Games is a difficult play for an actor to digest because it is emotionally rich and requires a detailed focus. However each week has offered us a new challenge and we’ve risen to them all; and we shall continue to do so.


Games Actor Yaamin Chowdhury reads the speech he wrote while researching the play:

Beginnings - Games Steven"s letter to Sean (mp3)

Read more about Beginnings.