Derby Theatre hosts three-day youth showcase

Youngsters in action at Derby Theatre
Youngsters in action at Derby Theatre
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Derby Theatre and The National Theatre are to present a Connections East Midlands Regional Showcase at Derby Theatre from April 14-16.

This will be a three-day festival during the Easter holidays for 11–25 year olds, of theatre, performance, new writing, workshops and much more.

As the first ever Connections East Midlands Regional Showcase for Derby Theatre, the venue will be full over the three days with youth theatre groups and young people, from across the region, all with a keen interest and passion for theatre and the arts.

In addition to the performances, during the festival there will be numerous pop-up and free opportunities. Each day will culminate in two youth theatre companies performing a refreshing and exciting piece of new writing, all of which have been commissioned by the National Theatre.

The evening performance schedule over the three-day showcase includes the following new plays: Pronoun by Evan Placey performed by Derby-based CAST Ensemble (and also New College Nottingham); A Shop Selling Speech by Sabrina Mahfouz performed by Derby East Gang Show Company, Flying High; Heritage by Dafydd James performed by The De Ferrers Academy from Burton; The Wardrobe by Sam Holcroft – performed by Lakeside Youth Theatre from Nottingham and A Letter to Lacey by Catherine Johnson performed by JWC Theatre Company.

There will also be daytime activities throughout the showcase and exciting opportunities for other youth theatre groups.

See www.derbytheatre.co.uk for more on the three-day showcase.