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Friday, June 6, 2014

Dumfries Youth Theatre at National Theatre Connections

Dumfries Youth Theatre have performed at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh as part of National Theatre Connections as the group of young actors from Dumfries presented Tomorrow, a play by Simon Vinnicombe, at the Scottish showcase in Edinburgh on Thursday 5th June.

DYT cast rehearse out in the open down at the Plainstanes

Dumfries Youth Theatre performed alongside youth theatres and colleges from across Scotland. The cast have been in rehearsals for seven months to stage the show, which tells the story of a group of teenagers on the brink of adulthood as they experience the revelry and rivalries of their last days of school.

The play was directed by Electric Theatre Workshop’s Associate Artist Jordan Chisholm and marks the culmination of her creative journey with the company. While working on Tomorrow she worked with the writer and directors at the National Theatre in London to explore the play and how to stage it.

Her youth arts journey, supported by the Fresh Start for the Arts scheme, has given her the opportunity to develop her experience in the arts through focussed mentoring, workshops and projects. The process has even helped her to land a place to train next year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – one of the world’s leading institutions in drama training. Jordan said: “My time with Electric Theatre has not just been a journey for me, but for the young people too. “They should be extremely proud of the work they have put in, not just rehearsing but fundraising to make sure we could get the show to Edinburgh. It was fantastic to see it on a national stage.

“Performing Tomorrow is a great way to close this invaluable learning journey that I have been on.”

Connections is organised by the National Theatre and is the biggest youth theatre festival on the planet. Over 5000 young people from across the UK will take part, performing 10 plays which were commissioned especially for the Festival.

Tomorrow had its debut performance at Dumfries High School in March, where it received brilliant feedback from the audience who were struck by the professionalism and talent of the cast.

Dumfries Youth Theatre’s performance of Tomorrow took place on Thursday 5th June at 7:30pm at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.

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