Shields youth theatre performs play by Skins writer

YOUTH THEATRE ... Jayden Blacklock, 18, Andrew Walker, 18, Sophie Richardson, 16, Amelie Doran, 16, Jonny Porter, 18, Jonathon Graham, 17, starring in Drama, Baby at the Customs House.
YOUTH THEATRE ... Jayden Blacklock, 18, Andrew Walker, 18, Sophie Richardson, 16, Amelie Doran, 16, Jonny Porter, 18, Jonathon Graham, 17, starring in Drama, Baby at the Customs House.

YOUNG actors will take on the stage debut of an award-winning writer this weekend.

The Customs House Youth Theatre is performing Drama, Baby, penned by Skins writer Jamie Brittain.

The teenagers, aged between 15 and 19, are hoping the performance will win them a trip to London to perform the piece at the National Youth Theatre.

Fiona Kelly, the venue’s Cultural Development Officer and Youth Theatre director, said: “As you might expect from the creator of Skins, the writer tackles some challenging issues and the piece features some hard-hitting content.

“It’s a fantastic play and the cast have done really well with it. It’s a very funny piece and while it has challenged our young performers they have handled it extremely well. It’s a great play, with humour and drama in equal measure, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone over the age of 15.”

The play, which is on at the Mill Dam venue, in South Shields, on Sunday, follows two rival groups who are preparing for their final A-level performing arts pieces.

As you might expect from the creator of Skins, the writer tackles some challenging issues and the piece features some hard-hitting content.

Fiona Kelly

The 7.30pm performance is part of the home season of National Theatre Connections, which is the world’s largest celebration of youth theatre with more than 200 companies across the UK and Ireland taking part.

The group will then transfer to Stage 2, at Northern Stage, Newcastle where they will perform, Drama, Baby on May 1 as part of the NE Connections Festival.

Tickets for Drama, Baby, which is approximately 50 minutes long, are £5 with a £4 concession.

To book, call the box office on 454 1234 or go to www.customshouse.co.uk

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