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An Evening Of Youth Theatre At The Dugdale Theatre 

WE Junior and Senior Youth Theatre Companies performed an extraordinary double bill of innovative and bold plays at The Dugdale Theatre on Saturday 23rd March 2019. 
The Terrible Infants was told by our Junior Company, a talented and skilful cast of six. The company weaved together tales of unfortunate petulant children all coming to terrible ends. We see the smelly Mingus who lives in a dustbin; Little Tilly who loved telling tales, and Tum; a greedy over indulgent child who is controlled by the groans of his tum.  A cocktail of modern-day Grimm Tales with a dose of the dark and wonderful world of Roald Dahl, our audience were treated to a menagerie of bohemian and stylised stories, all cleverly overlapping each other and battling one another for our attention. Our young actors leapt from stylised physical sequences to refined mask performances skilfully interspersed with mime and slapstick interludes. At one point, two of the cast perform a classic Buster Keaton slapstick routine vying for the audience’s attention. Each magical sequence felt visually different from the last. Our next Junior Company Production is in the planning stages. Details of auditions will be announced soon.

Thirteen year old Alice wishes her life was completely different. She wakes up one morning to find that her life is different. In fact, it is so different, that all she wants to do is get back to normality. But how does she do that? A play about family, string theory and breakfast. Writer Katie Hims says ‘I wanted to write about that feeling we can all have, that we wish our lives were different, particularly when it comes to our families. I also love stories about parallel universes and plays that repeat themselves. I wondered, ‘What if a young girl wakes up repeatedly to all the various families she might have had?’’  


 

‘Variations’ was skilfully performed by our Senior Company, a talented and professional cast of 10 as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival 2019, a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people. ‘Variations’ is one of 10 brand new plays especially written for Connections. Our Company will be transferring their production of ‘Variations’ to the ArtsDepot Theatre on Monday 29th April 2019. They will also be taking part in a 90 minute ‘Physical Theatre – Devising’ workshop on this day led by Theatre Studies Programme Leaders and third year acting students from Middlesex University. Tickets for the ArtsDepot performance can be purchased directly from the ArtsDepot box office:

https://www.artsdepot.co.uk/theatre/nt-connections-festival-2019-day-1

Thank you to our creative casts who immersed themselves into both pieces of original theatre. You proved just how powerful and professional a youth company can be. 

Worlds End Productions Companies during their full dress rehearsals of ‘The Terrible Infants' and 'Variations':  

Worlds End Productions Company perform the play ‘Extremism’ at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Our Worlds End Productions Theatre Company performed the play ‘Extremism’ written by Anders Lustgarten and Directed by Worlds End Artistic Director, Will McGinley at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival for one week in August in the intimate black box studio theatre at PQA Venues at Riddles Court, a unique and stunning Grade II listed building along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Our show was programmed alongside professional shows, meaning that our young cast got the full experience of what it was like to bring a show to the largest arts festival in the world. We are delighted that we were able to offer this amazing opportunity to our Company.

‘The police just took Jamal away. Because Miss Tomlinson called them. Because she had to. Because of Prevent. But now Miss Tomlinson and the police are gone and all that’s left is a shell-shocked class. Who knew Jamal? What did he do? And what is going to happen next? A play about fear, friendship and the creeping polarisation of our society’.

 WE productions perform ‘Extremism’ at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The show received rave reviews from a range of professional theatre critics as well as audience members:

‘A strong cast give an exciting, believable performance that grips your attention from the moment it begins’
British Theatre Guide five stars

‘A thoughtful play which succeeds in presenting the grey area of such a deeply polarising topic…An excruciatingly nail-biting watch.’
Ed Fringe Review four stars

While we were in Edinburgh, we created a film documentary, ‘The Fringe Diaries’, which gives an insight into the processes and experience that our young cast had from the beginning to the end of the project. Please click on the link below to watch ‘The Fringe Diaries’ highlights video:

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Worlds End Productions Theatre Company during their full dress rehearsal of ‘Extremism’ at the intimate Black Box Studio Theatre at PQA Studios London, Kings Cross.

Worlds End Productions Theatre Company during their technical rehearsal at PQA Venues, Riddles Court

Auditions to cast our 2019 Theatre Company will be announced in January 2019.

Worlds End Productions Company perform ‘The Blue Electric Wind’ at the Artsdepot Theatre

On Monday 30th April, our Worlds End Productions National Theatre Connections Company, transferred their production of Brad Birch’s thought provoking play, ‘The Blue Electric Wind’ to The Arts Depot Studio Theatre as part of the 2018 National Theatre Connections Festival. Directed by our Worlds End Artistic Director, Will McGinley, we were thrilled to receive outstanding feedback from National Theatre Youth Director Hannah Joss who watched our production of The Blue Electric Wind at our very first Home Performance before it was transferred to the Arts Depot Partner Theatre. In her report, she commented:

‘The performances in this production are of a particularly high standard. This is evidently a talented group of young people who have a natural affinity with Brad Birch’s particularly quick and funny dialogue. The text work in this production is of a very high standard. The performances showcased a deep understanding of the play’s natural rhythm, which is a testament to both you and the performers. The result was that every joke landed beautifully (and there’s a lot of them!). This was true throughout the whole play. This is a fun, observant and clear production of The Blue Electric Wind. As we discussed both with the group and together after the show, your production is highly effective in its ability to allow Brad’s words shine through and lead the narrative. With such a ‘wordy play’, as one of your participants put it, the choice to not crowd the text with high concept has served both the play and the performers very well. The narrative is really clear, and that is so important’.

The National Theatre Connections Festival is a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people. 'The Blue Electric Wind’ is one of 10 brand new plays written especially for Connections by a selection of the best playwrighting talent in the UK:

‘When people at school start forgetting things, Scott wonders if he’s the only one that’s noticed. He and some of the school misfits seem to be the only ones who can see what’s happening. Is it the weather? Is it a virus? They must join forces to try to work out what is causing everyone in town to lose all sense of who they are. The Blue Electric Wind is about why we remember what we do. It is about bravery and growing up’.

Thank you to our wonderfully talented and creative cast who immersed themselves into this original piece of theatre. You proved just how powerful and professional a youth company can be.

Auditions to cast our 2019 National Theatre Connections Company will be announced soon.

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