Playhouse subject to youthful takeover

Duchess's High School pupils perform Return To The Forbidden Planet at Alnwick Playhouse.
Duchess's High School pupils perform Return To The Forbidden Planet at Alnwick Playhouse.

An evening of live theatre, film and music, programmed and performed by young people for a young audience takes place next week in Alnwick.

And the night at Alnwick Playhouse on Friday, March 14, is all about the community arts venue wanting to ensure young people in north Northumberland are involved in the arts.

Duchess's High School pupils perform Return To The Forbidden Planet at Alnwick Playhouse.'Harry Brierley  as Cookie and other members of the cast.

Duchess's High School pupils perform Return To The Forbidden Planet at Alnwick Playhouse.'Harry Brierley as Cookie and other members of the cast.

Young Alnwick Playhouse has been made possible this year thanks to a successful bid to the BBC Performing Arts Fund – one of only 58 in the country.

It means the Playhouse team can extend its work with young people beyond the traditional youth-theatre model.

Claire Newton, who is leading on youth strategy for Alnwick, said: “It’s about a new audience, but it’s also about listening to young people about what they would like to see at the Playhouse.

“It’s about inspiring them and listening to them – some have had very little experience of different artforms.”

And next Friday sees the first evening of youth-run and oriented events.

Alnwick Playhouse Senior Youth Theatre will perform Same by Deborah Bruce as part of National Theatre Connections.

The play is set in an old people’s home in the week that Josie dies. Her teenage grandchildren reminisce about their memories and the residents in the home feel the effects of her death on their lives as her funeral takes place.

Is the gulf between the young and old as wide as it feels, or are we fundamentally the same inside whatever age we are?

The play will be followed by a short documentary film.

The Duchess’s Community High School film and media students showcase their first The Making of a High School Musical, a behind-the-scenes-style documentary film recording the blood, sweat and tears involved in making Return to the Forbidden Planet, which started at the Playhouse on Wednesday night. Read our review here.

Young people working towards their Silver Arts Award have also organised live music and other aspects of the night, including a compere and mocktails.

Tickets £8, £7 conc, £6 child/student.