Belgrade Theatre’s young performers create new physical theatre show

22/02/2013

The Belgrade Theatre’s Community & Education Company will be showcasing some of its brightest young talent as members of its Young Company join forces to devise a brand new physical theatre production called Playlist, which opens in B2 from 4 to 9 March.

Established in 2010, the Belgrade Young Company comprises some of the theatre’s most promising young performers from all of the Belgrade’s youth groups, including Senior Youth Theatre and Black Youth Theatre.

Directed by Neil Bettles, Artistic Director of ThickSkin theatre company, Playlist is the Young Company’s third production and it asks if we are really defined by the music we listen to and if we all have a soundtrack to our lives.

The story follows a group of youngsters who find an MP3 player on a bench in a city park; the only clues to the owner’s identity are the tracks. The action unfolds through a series of episodic memories triggered by the 12 songs. The play is being devised from scratch by Neil Bettles and assistant director Orla O’Connor, along with the youngsters, who are also taking on production and stage management roles.

Neil Bettles said, “Playlist is about getting lost, being alone, being led, falling in love, being rejected and doing the unthinkable. The cast of eight have been working hard to develop the ideas, words and movement that make up the show, which will feature a backdrop of projected images to give a cinematic quality to the work. Playlist will be a highly physical, emotionally charged evening of theatre presented by some of the brightest young talent in Coventry.

Previous productions by the Belgrade Young Company have included all the moves, which was written by Theatre Absolute’s award winning playwright Chris O’Connell and explored the intense changeover period from childhood to adolescence. This was followed by their take on Frank Wedekind’s classic play Spring Awakening which deals with important issues such as homosexuality and teenage pregnancy.

Established in 2010 by Neil Bettles and Laura Sutton, ThickSkin aims to produce collaborative, cross-disciplined performances that will inspire and challenge audiences. A big part of this involves working with young people to develop ideas, content and frameworks for future professional productions.

Entrance to Playlist is free, however the theatre will ask for a donation at the end of the performance. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Belgrade’s ongoing work within the local community, which is carried out by the Belgrade Community & Education Company.

Whilst this is a free event, booking is still advised by calling the Belgrade’s Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or going online at www.belgrade.co.uk.