Powerful double-bill from young actors

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Derby Theatre Youth Theatre will present their fourth main house production at the venue, from Thursday July 28 until Saturday, July 30.

You can expect to see an intriguing, powerful and timely double-bill, made up of I Am England by David Lane and Spoonface Steinberg by Lee Hall.

Performers from all over the region will be involved in this exciting opportunity to present two contrasting plays.

The 14 – 16 year old Youth Theatre group will present I Am England. Bankrupt, isolated and in a state of collapse, a once-proud nationn falls apart.

Nostalgic for empire and thirsty for revenge, a small-town politician presents a hero to the masses: a poster-boy for conscription.

The future of the nation hangs in the balance, but those in power must confront the truth of who they are - and who they might become.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, I Am England is a tough look at an England facing right-wing governments which offers a unique perspective on political power and social justice from the generation whose stories are yet to be written.

Spoonface Steinberg will be presented by the 17 – 19 year old Youth Theatre group.

An award-winning play about faith, love and the meaning of life, from the writer of Billy Elliot and Cooking with Elvis, Spoonface Steinberg is a poetic exploration into the world of a young person diagnosed with autism and cancer.

Nicky Bellenger, creative learning associate, Derby Theatre, said: “Our Youth Theatre have worked incredibly hard to present what will be an energised and powerful evening of theatre.

“Never have two productions felt more relevant. I Am England presents a group of young people struggling to be heard at the heart of a nation that is fractured and in a state of collapse and Spoonface Steinberg delicately tells the story of an autistic young person with cancer questioning the meaning of life.

“Now, more than ever, is the time to really sit up and listen to what our young people have to say, and the Youth Theatre’s double bill on our main stage is a very good place to start.”

Tickets are £12, concessions £9. For more information and to book tickets please call the box office on 01332 593939 or visit www.derbytheatre.co.uk

n Interested in seeing, making and performing theatre? If you are aged between 8 and 18 and want the opportunity to work with professional theatre practitioners and perform on stage every year, apply today!

The group works with, and alongside, theatre professionals, both in relation to the production and other theatre-related workshops and activities.

Please note that for some age groups there may be a waiting list.

Please contact learning@derbytheatre.co.uk for more information.

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