Artemis have once again been selected to take part in the National Theatre Connections project.
We have selected one play from 10 brand new works, to develop and perform, competing with other youth companies from across the UK.
The 2014 NTC play we will perform is 'Pronoun', a show which questions descisions and identity. It deals with the taboo subject of trangender teens.
The cast will be made up of 18 Medusa and Triple Threat Advanced students, who will initially meet during February 2014 half term to work with Artemis Director Niki Robinson, and actor Max Puplett on the piece. Niki and Max have spent time with the writer, and at the National talking about the play, and they have some great ideas to bring it to the stage! They will also be joined by a teen student director who will have the chance to put his or her ideas into the show.
The group will then continue rehearsing (on Sundays or weekday evenings) until they premiere their work at South Hill Park, inthe studio theatre, in March over two nights.
Rehearsal week: February 17th - 21st 10am-5pm Daily
Show Week:4th - 8th March
Performances: 7th & 8th March, 8pm - South Hill Park
3rd May, 5pm, The North Wall Theatre Oxford.
Directors from NT Connections will come and review the play, and give feedback. The show will then transfer to The North wall Theatre in Oxford, where our show will form one act of an evening where we will work with several other schools performing different one act plays, and taking part in workshops.
The directors will assess each performance nationally, and the best or most interesting version of each of the ten plays will be invited to perform at the National Theatre itself!
This is a superb chance for our young actors to try new work, have a say in the look and feel of the play, take on production roles and push themselves to compete!
The opportunity is outside of normal Triple threat and Medusa class times to allow everyone to work together, and also Windsor students to be able to take part. A maximum of 18 performers will be able to take part.
We have been granted a small bursary towards costs, but participants will be expected to fundraise the remaining project costs (approximantly £99 each, which includes a pair of free tickets to the home theatre show), in addition the cast will need to sell 50 tickets between them to meet the remaining costs - this helps them learn about budgeting and funding for the arts. Many of the staff involved are volunteering their time, which for key people will be well over 100 hours, they want to see Medusa and Artemis get to the National Theatre if at all possible!
We hope everyone who wants to can take part - last time was a lot of fun, and the chance to work with the National is not to be missed!
To join the 2014 National Theatre Connections cast, you need to be aged 13-19, and let us know as soon as pooible so we can hold a place for you.