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Competition: Win tickets to The Grandfathers at The Shed

Posted on 04 July 2013 by A Younger Theatre

If you missed The Grandfathers when it was performed as part of NT Connections 2012, then do not fear because we are giving you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see it at The Shed, the temporary venue at the National Theatre, from 9 – 13 July! See below for more information about the show and then scroll down to enter.

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The Grandfathers
by Rory Mullarkey
a Bristol Old Vic Young Company production
9 – 13 July | The Shed, National Theatre

Fifty years ago, National Service ended in the UK, but elsewhere in the world teenagers are still regularly conscripted into the armed forces. Following eight boys from training camp to the battlefields of an unknown war, The Grandfathers, first seen in NT Connections 2012, is a visceral theatrical event.

Created with St Brendan’s Sixth Form College

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To win a pair of tickets to see The Grandfathers any time during the run, subject to availability, simply fill in the form below and submit it by 5.00pm on 8 July. Terms and conditions apply.

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Competition: Win tickets to the Connections festival at the National Theatre

Posted on 24 June 2013 by A Younger Theatre

We have an irresistible competition for you: win a pair of tickets to a show of your choice from Connections festival in London at the National Theatre. Connections is a festival of new plays created for performance by schools and young theatres all over the country, and we know that you are going to love it. See below for more information about the festival and then scroll down to see how to enter.

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Connections festival
3-8 July | National Theatre

Connections celebrates great new writing for the stage – and the energy, commitment and talent of young theatre-makers.

For Connections 2013, we invited ten inspiring writers to travel to their home towns, and work with young people there on ideas for a play. From these encounters emerged stories of contemporary technology, of circuses and aliens, of embarrassing parents, mistakes, explosions and love.

For further information & to book tickets call 020 7452 3000 or visit nationaltheatre.org.uk/series/connections-2013

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To win a pair of tickets to a show of your choice, simply fill in the form below and submit it by 4.00pm on Saturday 29 June.

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Terms and Conditions:
-Winners will be asked to select two shows they’d like to see in order of preference
-Tickets will be available to collect from the box office on the day of chosen performance
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Review: Begin/End

Posted on 13 February 2010 by Jake Orr

Begin/End is the Halfmoon Theatre’s new play for teenagers and young adults written by David Lane. Set in the distilled thoughts and memories of Lili, a young teen girl making her way through school and swimming classes like every normal teenager, until she spots Yaz, another young teen girl on her estate… and things aren’t quite the same again.

David Lane’s play is a fast, often head spinning experience. The dialogue is snappy and poetic, creating an ever climaxing narrative. The text is relentlessly spoken between Lili and Yaz, bouncing back and forth between them, twisting imagery together until you’re completely caught in a web of tangled thoughts and emotions.

Of course, a look back at any teenage years and the dialogue reflects this confusing time, jumping from moment to moment, never landing for pause or reflection. Whilst this is engaging (demonstrated by the school group also watching in hushed silence) it does leave your head numb after 25 minutes of action packed dialogue, fearing the audience might be drowning with Lili in the swimming pool of memories before there is a pause in the text.

What is clear though is the amount of time and energy that has been taken in perfecting Lanes dialogue. 3 years in development, consulting young people in the use of words and dialogue clearly shows. Begin/End isn’t trying to be an adults idea of how teenagers communicate, it is how they talk. From slang, and swearing, the dialogue is written to perfection.

Naturally the dialogue wouldn’t be the same without the outstanding acting of Amy Costello (Lili) and Rachel McKenzie (Yaz) whose energy and portrayal of teenagers is perfection. They allow younger audiences to easily relate to these teenage figures, by expressing the dilemmas that amount during these difficult years in effective manners. Both Costello and McKenzie cope admirably with the demands of Lanes dialogue and even go as far to seem at ease with it.

McKenzie brings about a certain ‘street’-like quality to her acting, whilst Costello juggles the frantic rambling text with great enthusiasm, that creates deeper meaning to the words and themes.

Relationships are fragile things to grasp and hold onto. Lili’s and Yaz’s is your typical teenager friendship from girls who seem drawn to each other from a force of nature. Lili’s feelings though are more than just friendship, they delve deeper than this, a longing, a desire, a love ever so rich. For Lili is gay, and whilst she might not fully realise it, for she has not acted upon it, the emotions and feelings she feels for Yaz can not be disregarded. Whilst the LGBT issues is an area explored in Begin/End, the depth of this is only skin deep which lets the play down slightly.

The play can easily be portrayed that being gay is something that can be seen as a negative thing, and can bring about troubles and issues. Whilst of course this is true (troubles and issues that is), I’m sure this message is not quite what Lane intended. However as this is a piece for young adults the production includes post show discussions, resource packs and activities around these issues that can be addressed in schools and youth groups. The Halfmoon Theatre encourage the use of these services as a tool to engage with these often difficult topics.

Begin/End is a remarkable piece of young peoples theatre, from one of Londons best theatres dedicated to younger generations. It is great to see a production so engaging to a younger audience, and judging from the response of the school group I watched the play with, it truly relates to this often unheard voice and age.

Whilst the subject of abuse and sexuality is slightly muted the overwhelming themes of loving someone you can’t have resounds in every teenager. If you’re gay or straight the message is clear. We love, we lose, but we keep going.

Begin/End is now on tour around the UK, check out the Halfmoon Theatre’s website to see where you can catch it next.

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Jake is the Artistic Director and Founder of A Younger Theatre. He is a freelance writer and blogger, a theatre marketer and a digital producer. He is also Co-Curator of Dialogue.

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Youth Theatres: A Guide

Posted on 01 February 2010 by A Younger Theatre

If you are thinking of forming a career in theatre and in particular acting on stage or screen, then joining a youth theatre can be the start of this process. There are hundreds of clubs, groups and classes that you can join. You will find that each youth theatre operates in different ways, but they each will provide the following:

  • Working with a trained teacher/leader on acting and theatre.
  • Exploring acting techniques.
  • Putting on a play/show with fellow class members in either a theatre or rehearsal room.
  • Working with like minded people of the same age.

There are many youth theatres to choose from, ranging from professional theatres operating young peoples theatre classes to small community amateur dramatic societies. Of course youth theatres are not just for people wanting to pursue acting professionally – they can be anyone with an interest in theatre or acting!

Below are a list of professional theatres that operate youth groups or young peoples theatre clubs by professionally trained actors/directors/practitioners.


Youth Theatres in London

BAC YPT
Based at the Battersea Arts Centre (The BAC), they offer three different Young Peoples Theatre Company courses. The groups are broken down into three age ranges. The BAC YPT often perform at the BAC and hold festival of young peoples work.

Bloomsbury Young People’s Theatre
Held at the Bloomsbury Theatre, they have two different aged groups that aim to bring “drama theory and practice to life and contribute to a wider understanding of the arts whilst empowering you to critically examine the world around you”

Half Moon Young People’s Theatre
The work of this theatre is exceptional, a whole theatre dedicated to the work of young people. Can we think of a better youth theatre then? No auditions needed, just a love of theatre.

Lyric Young Company
Costing only £5/year to join, the Lyric Young Company are a bold and diverse company held within the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith.

National Youth Theatre
The flagship organisation of youth theatres. The National Youth Theatre are a nationwide organisation who work extensively with professional theatre directors and actors to teach young people. They audition everyone and they produce huge shows across the UK. It doesn’t get better than this.

Orange Tree Youth Theatre
Four different groups of varying ages attending classes at the Orange Tree Theatre, ending each term with a performance in the legendary round theatre space of the Orange Tree Theatre.

Oval House Youth Arts
Costing only £2/per session the Oval House Theatre bring their Youth Arts of drama and dance classes. Those who show dedication and enthusiasm can join the Oval House Theatre Company and work on in-house productions.

Unicorn Theatre Young Company
Like the Halfmoon Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre are a custom built theatre for children and young people. Youth Theatre aimed at 16-19 year olds, working with professional theatre directors.

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A Younger Theatre (AYT) is a platform for young people to express their views on theatre and performance. The site is maintained, edited and published by under 26 year olds who all have a passion for theatre.

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