Youth group’s national curtain call

St Augustine's pupil Teresa Arnold, centre, pictured with her mother Maria Arnold who directed the play and Head Teacher Jesus Echevarria.'112539
St Augustine's pupil Teresa Arnold, centre, pictured with her mother Maria Arnold who directed the play and Head Teacher Jesus Echevarria.'112539

A NEWLY-formed youth theatre group in Scarborough has been selected to perform at a national festival in London.

Out of 200 theatre companies across the UK Scarborough Youth Theatre was selected to perform at the National Theatre Connections Festival 2011.

Scarborough Youth Theatre chose Too Fast by Douglas Maxwell to perform at Scarborough YMCA Theatre and at their local regional festival, held at The Northern Stage in Newcastle.

Directors from the National Theatre saw the production and invited Scarborough Youth Theatre to take part in the festival which is held in the National’s Cottesloe and Olivier theatres.

Maria Arnold and Julie Hatton, who directed the play, said: “We were absolutely delighted to be invited.

“Scarborough Youth Theatre is a new youth theatre group, we formed in January this year and began rehearsing in earnest for Too Fast.

“This is our first full length play and we never dreamt that we would end up performing it in London at the National. It is testament to the young actors, their talent, dedication and ability that Scarborough Youth Theatre has come so far so quickly.

“The festival has been excellent, the company has learnt a great deal and the young people have had a great time.

“Taking part in Connections has been an exciting challenge, enabling our young people to be immersed in creating theatre with a professional outcome from the outset. They have developed teamwork skills, confidence, self esteem, but more importantly being involved has given the young people in our local area the opportunity to broaden their horizons and explore issues that they may not be able to do elsewhere.”  

It is the culmination of the year-long, nationwide festival of new writing and one of the world’s largest celebrations of youth theatre. Plays are commissioned for young performers and written by some of the best contemporary writers.