Young actors in play premiere

CLASS MATES:  Emilybeth Britner, Chloe Chandler, Aisha Sobey, Sam Wright, Freya King and Eliza Day.
CLASS MATES: Emilybeth Britner, Chloe Chandler, Aisha Sobey, Sam Wright, Freya King and Eliza Day.

Budding thespians from Matlock are set to take to the stage to perform a thrilling new play commissioned by the National Theatre.

Drama group Theatreworks has been selected to take part in a nationwide celebration of young talent and will be putting on a production written by ground-breaking Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell, entitled Too Fast.

The play will take place at the Guildhall Theatre in Derby on Monday, February 28, and Tuesday, March 1, at 8pm. In May the play will be staged at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

Kirsty Williams, of the Theatreworks group, which formed last year, will be directing the play.

She said she was delighted to be part of the Connections 2011 project, the UK’s innovative festival of youth theatre, which has commissioned ten new plays to be performed across the UK.

She added: “We are now fully cast with a real talented team of local young actors aged 13 to 18 years from around Matlock and rehearsals are underway.

“The play has been commissioned by the National Theatre and we are delighted to be premiering it in Derby.

“It is a huge responsibility but also a great honour to work with a new text and creating something special for the stage.”

The play, written specifically for young people, focuses on a group of singers who create a heartbreaking tale in a bid to secure votes when they perform on television show Britain’s Got Talent.

Kirsty, who set up Theatreworks after years in the industry, said the black comedy had proved a big hit with the youngsters.

The play is also an opportunity for children not only to act but to design, promote, stage manage and get involved with all aspects of a theatre.

Kirsty added: “Too Fast is an ensemble comedy with a strong emotional heart and a cast of talented young actors from Derbyshire.”

Any young people interested in getting involved should call Kirsty on 01629 823969 or email