Award-winning Theatre Company, 20 Stories High, is gearing up for a busy summer of performance and festivals with two brand new shows created and performed by the young people of Liverpool.
The local charity that works with and for teenagers and young adults, has been working with young people from excluded communities since 2008 and is growing from strength the strength sticking firmly to their belief that “Everybody’s got a story to tell, and their own way of telling it”.
First off the Young Actors Company will be presenting HEADZ – a series of new, contemporary urban monologues written by Co-Artistic Director and award winning writer Keith Saha, at the Playhouse Studio. With 11 different monologues performed over 4 nights, HEADZ offers a gritty, challenging and humorous insight into the lives of young people in Liverpool 2014.
Writer Keith Saha says:
‘Our young actors often find it difficult to find monologues with characters that they recognise and who they can relate to that represent who they are and where they come from. So I took it as a challenge to write them. I was really inspired by Alan Bennett’s ‘Talking Heads’ series when I was a teenager and took that as an influence…Young people are dealing with very complex situations and are living in extremely challenging times. Hopefully these stories will shine a light on some of the stories we don’t get to hear.’
Meanwhile over at the Bluecoat, the younger Youth Theatre will be performing STANDARD under the direction of guest director Rachel Brogan (Television Workshop, Salford and Working Girls Theatre Co) and 20 Stories High young assistant director Bradley Thompson. The show follows thirty young pioneers that have 3 days to create a new society during a residential. But what begins merely as a college exercise takes them to their emotional limits and changes their lives… forever.
As well as these two show a third, Tales from the MP3, is also in the pipeline previewing at the Everyman Theatre before embarking on a national tour.
Co-Artistic Director Julia Samuels says:
‘Our professional touring shows have earned us a reputation for high quality, hard-hitting plays about the issues that affect young people today but it is our participatory work with young people from Liverpool and across the UK that really makes us unique in the theatre world – everything we do revolves around the young people we support and work with.
This summer we’re heading to lots of festivals with our young people’s shows including Contacting the World in Manchester, The Big Event and FLUX here in Liverpool,’ Samuels continues, ‘Before we hit the road on our next professional UK tour, Tales from the Mp3 which will see us perform at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the very first time!’
Playhouse Theatre Studio, Williamson Square, Liverpool
Wednesday 2 – Saturday 5 July 2014, 7.45pm
Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions)
www.everymanplayhouse.com / 0151 709 4776
PRESS NIGHT: THURSDAY 3 JULY 2014
Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester
Thursday 10 July, 1.30pm
Tickets: £6. www.contactmcr.com / 0161 274 0600
Age guidance: 14+ (contains strong language and mature themes)
The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX
Wednesday 16th – Thursday 17th July 2014, 7.30pm
Tickets: £4 (£2 concessions) www.thebluecoat.org.uk or 0151 702 5324
PRESS NIGHT: THURSDAY 17 JULY 2014
Age guidance: 13+ (contains strong language and scenes of suggested sexual violence)
TALES FROM THE MP3
Everyman Theatre, Liverpool
Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd August 2014, 7.30pm – preview performances
Summerhall, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Sunday 10th – Sunday 25th August, 6.45pm
PRESS NIGHT: WEDNESDAY 13 AUGUST 2014
The Garage, Norwich
Tuesday 9th Sep, 7.30pm &Wednesday 10th Sep, 1.30pm
Unicorn Theatre, London
Thursday 11th Sep & Friday 12th Sep, 7pm, Saturday 13th Sep, 2pm & 7pm
Monday 15th Sep, 8pm & Tuesday 16th Sep, 1pm & 8pm
The Octagon, Bolton
Wednesday 17th Sep & Thursday 18th Sep, 7.30pm & Friday 19th September, 9pm