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South Shields youth theatre pens production on missing loved one

The Customs House Youth Theatre is performing Missing.
The Customs House Youth Theatre is performing Missing.

Talented youngsters are tackling the difficulty of a loved one going missing in a new show.

The senior group of the Customs House Youth Theatre has devised a piece of drama based on the disappearance of 16-year-old Kevin Hicks, from Croydon, in 1986.

The group wanted to look at the issue of missing people from another perspective – what it is like for the people who are left behind.

Fiona Kelly, Youth Theatre director

Missing is on stage at the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, next Friday.

It starts at 6pm and people are invited to pay what they like.

The show’s assistant director Andrew Walker, 18, said: “We chose Kevin because of how mysterious and compelling his story was when we did research into missing people.” Jonny Porter, 18, who is starring in the show, added: “When we hear about a missing person, we always hear from the parents’ point of view, as opposed to any other members of the wider community.

“We wanted to portray how these people felt in the show.”

Each member of the cast plays semi-fictitious characters from Kevin’s community, conveying how they felt about how he disappeared one evening after going to the local shop for some eggs. The case is still unsolved.

The Custom House’s cultural development officer and director of the Youth Theatre, Fiona Kelly said: “The group wanted to look at the issue of missing people from another perspective – what it is like for the people who are left behind.

“We felt as though the thoughts and feelings of the affected community were seldom focussed on when discussing missing people.”

Tickets are limited and available from the box office by person or by calling 0191 454 1234.