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Fantastic theatrical opportunity for young people


Ilkley Players are delighted to have been selected to participate in the National Theatre Connections programme for the third time.


Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new one-hour plays, specially written for young people by established playwrights. They then select 300 schools and Youth Theatre Groups throughout the country to produce these works with specialist help from their directors and experts.


Ilkley Players will be producing “(Circle Dreams Around) The Terrible, Terrible Past” by Simon Longman. This will be presented in the Wildman Studio for three performances in early March 2023. The play will then be transferred to York Theatre Royal Studio, for one performance on 30th April 2023, as part of their festival of youth productions. Ten plays out of the 300 produced nationwide will then be selected to perform at the National Theatre, London, in early summer.


The cast will consist of around fifteen young people aged 13 to 19. An open casting audition will be held at 12 noon on Saturday 5th November 2022 at Ilkley Playhouse. Those within the 13 -19 age range by May next year are invited to attend and read for a part along with our regular Greenroom members. No prior preparation is necessary.


You will have to commit to attend rehearsals at least three times a week from January 2023 and then a few more prior to the Ilkley and York performances. Rehearsals will take place at Ilkley Playhouse, mostly in the early evenings on weeknights, between 5.30pm and 7.15pm. There will be a few Sunday afternoon rehearsals in addition.


If you would like to take part please email Andrew Leggott a.leggott1@btinternet.com (Telephone 01943 602014, Mobile 07986032574). You will then be provided with information, instructions and an Audition Form.


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