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Young: Uncensored - National Youth Theatre 2004 Season Launch



Story by Emma Whitelaw

IT WAS with great enthusiasm that newly-appointed artistic directors, John Hoggarth and Paul Roseby, presented the National Youth Theatre policy for 2004. Their main aim is to encourage individualism within today's youth and explore the relevant issues that they face.

In a world where fame now seems to be wrought with contrived synthetic-like talent, Hoggarth and Roseby explained how their policy is very much 'anti-Pop Idol and non Popstars'.

The NYT focuses on empowering the opinion and voice of young people, rather than creating manufactured stars.

The launch began with the NYT Company giving a brief display of how they work together in a workshop.

Although these bright young things have been taught to express their independent voice, they work just as well as an assemblage.

With a past student listing that boasts such icons as Dame Helen Mirren, Timothy Dalton, Daniel Day Lewis, Kate Adie and Orlando Bloom, the NYT is no stranger to the development of big name talent. There is no doubt that scattered among the current company are many stars to come.

An exciting season lies ahead for these young actors, with such productions as The Master and Margarita - where Moscow is graced with the presence of the anti-christ - Faliraki The Greek Tragedy, a modern day twist on bacchanalian revelry, in the infamous Greek holiday resort, and a season of short plays, collectively know as Short NYT's.

An ongoing project for NYT is the Young Offenders' Programme, where NYT will collaborate with Music In Prisons, to produce an entirely original musical, with young women at Bullwood Hall YOE.

As part of the NYT's outreach programme, NYT's Out, underprivileged youths, from all backgrounds, are set to task with creating quality drama.

Shakespeare In The Square is one such project. It will be a three-day multi-media festival, involving top Shakespearean actors, directors, historians and artists associated with the White Cube Gallery.

It promises groundbreaking performances and workshops in and around Hoxton Square.

Faliraki The Greek Tragedy, a story of two under-aged lovers, aptly named Chardonnay and Carling, was workshopped at Wednesday's launch, and I must say it's thrilling to see such ancient theatre being recreated in such a way.

The preview involved the modern day chorus referred to as Stansted, where big birds pollute the sky and travellers fight for a window seat on Easyjet, only for a view of an Aegean Sea contaminated with sewerage.

The launch was enough to whet the tastebuds of those that were present and will no doubt attract many to the NYT studio in 2004.

The fresh-faced enthusiasm of this season's youthful Company suggests the future is most definitely now!

Bullwood Hall, The Musical, HMP Bullwood Hall, Essex, April - May 2004

Shakespeare in the Square, Shoreditch, East London, May - July, 2004

The Manor Radio Soap Opera and Website - Roadshow, Wembley, June - July, 2004

NYT at Feltham YOI, HMP YOI Feltham, May - July, 2004

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, new adaptation by David Rudkin, Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, London, W6. August 20 - September 11, 2004

Faliraki - The Greek Tragedy, devised by Paul Roseby and the NYT Company, Lyric Hammersmith. August 25 - September 11, 2004

Short NYTs, Lyric Hammersmith. August 26 - September 11, 2004

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