by Shaun McKenna from a screenplay by Charles Dance. Director Stephanie Daly-Parks After a huge…
By Fionnuala Kennedy
Directed by Georgia Douglas-Brown.
Hunt is about a group of teenagers playing their version of hide and seek. Their version entails ‘borrowing’ objects from their neighbours back gardens, and ‘dumping’ them at the ‘box’ without being caught, by either the official pursuers or the neighbours who’s gardens they are infringing upon – hence the chances of being caught are twofold. The more outlandish and extraordinary the object and the more difficult to acquire it is, the more kudos you score. The thing is, nearly all of these teenagers are far too old to play this ‘kids’ game, and it’s February, it’s freezing and there’s a storm coming, but Jo wants to impress James, the boy from her new school, he’s not from round here and she’s not from round there. Their fledgling relationship represents a bridge across a class divide. So begrudgingly the ‘band’ gets back together, for one last game. However, this could be the worst decision of their tiny lives as little do they know that the rumours about the strange, predatory ‘Man in the Van’ are true and the even stranger, dangerous, the one everyone has been warned to stay away from, ‘Mad’ Danielle is back on the block. This is a hunt they will never forget.’
Recommended age: 14+
In collaboration with National Theatre’s Connections project.
Good evening and welcome to the Theatre Royal. We have thoroughly enjoyed working on the Connections project again this year. Our young people have particularly enjoyed being a part of the process from start to finish as over the last two years the process has been halted due to the pandemic. We are looking forward to performing in our partner theatre, ‘Home’, in Manchester in April. Hunt reminds us not to judge others based on someone else’s opinion and experiences. It explores how everyone is dealing with their own issues at home that we may not be aware of and that friendship is one of the greatest gifts.
I would like to thank all those involved in making this production happen, from the TRY leadership team to the chaperones back stage and the technical team.
Enjoy the show!
TRY Youth Leader
Date: Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th February 2022.
Start Time: 7:00pm
Doors open 30 minutes before performance times.
Tickets: £8 Concessions: £6
The Cast of Hunt
Photographs by Chris Lewis Photography
Times and Star Pre piece February 11th 2022
Workington youth group to perform for National Arts Council
WORKINGTON’S Theatre Royal Youth group are set to perform a play which explores the unwanted and anticipated transition from childhood to adulthood.
Led by Georgia Douglas-Brown, the young performers will perform Hunt by Fionnuala Kennedy at The Theatre Royal on Washington Street from Thursday, February 24 to Saturday, February 26.
The play follows a group of Belfast teenagers playing their own version of hide and seek. It involves ‘borrowing’ objects from their neighbours’ back gardens and ‘dumping’ them at the ‘box’ without being caught by their neighbours, or each other.
This is a set piece chosen by the National Arts Council (NAC) for to young people to perform. They will be monitored and given feedback by the NAC. The ethos behind this project is to help and prepare young people for their adult and working lives.
Tickets for the show cost £8 for adults and £6 for concessions. These can be purchased through the Theatre Royal’s website.
In June 2021 the Theatre Royal Youth performed Crusaders by Frances Poet
A group of teens gather to take their French exam but none of them will step into the exam hall. Because Kyle has had a vision and he’ll use anything, even miracles, to ensure his classmates accompany him. Together they have just seven days to save themselves, save the world and be the future.And Kyle is not the only one who has had the dream. All across the globe, from Azerbaijan to Zambia, children are dreaming and urging their peers to follow them to the promised land.Who will follow? Who will lead? Who will make it?
As part of National Theatre Connections – a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people. Crusaders is one of ten brand new plays written especially for Connections by a selection of the best playwriting talent in the UK.
In February 2020 the Theatre Royal Youth performed Tuesday by Alison Carr.
It’s an ordinary Tuesday and the kids are out in the school yard, when a large rip appears in the sky above them. Pupils and staff are sucked upwards – and a whole new set of people start raining down, which is apparently what happens when parallel worlds collide!
As part of National Theatre Connections – a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people. Tuesday is one of ten brand new plays written especially for Connections by a selection of the best playwriting talent in the UK.