Concert to mark 35th anniversary

Bakewell Youth Theatre is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a pair of concerts this weekend
Bakewell Youth Theatre is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a pair of concerts this weekend

Locals and theatre professionals have joined together to mount the Bakewell Youth Theatre 35th Anniversary Concert, which will showcase the talents of local young people alongside those who have graduated into theatre careers.

The event sees Tom Pearce, Bakewell Youth Theatre graduate of the 90s, now living and working in the West End and internationally, appear alongside current members of BYT as well as with other BYT ‘graduates’, some of whom have gone on to study at drama school and are now working professionally in both theatre and television.

Actors Owen Pullar and Mark Roberts and actor and technician Louise Manifold, veteran performers with regional theatre company the Babbling Vagabonds, will be lighting up the stage alongside current BYT members.

Tom’s various West End credits include Les Miserables, and has also worked as a recording artist, supplying vocals to major films including Tomb Raider and Disney’s Atlantis, along with backing vocals on the albums of artists as diverse as Russell Watson and Bjork.

He has also backed Robbie Williams on tour and starred in Jesus Christ Superstar, amongst many other top slots.

Tom said: “Bakewell Youth Theatre gave me and others like me our first training ground in professional theatre. To now have the opportunity to perform with the BYT cast in this Christmas 35th Anniversary special is a real honour.

“I am, as always, slightly stunned by the calibre of the current Youth Theatre when I hear them – they’re better than we were and there are a lot more of them!”

The blockbusting concert is at the Medway Centre, Bakewell, on Friday December 20, at 7.30pm and on Saturday 21 December at 4pm.

Tickets cost £10/£7.50 (family ticket £32 – two adults and two children) and are available from the Medway Centre or via telephone on 07875 593978.