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University Youth Theatre Group to Stage Production as Part of National Theatre Programme

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Young people involved with drama clubs run by the University of Worcester will be performing a new play created by Father Ted star Pauline McLynn this weekend.

McLynn, who played Mrs Doyle in the long-running, cult Channel 4 sitcom, is one of ten writers invited to create new plays for young people to perform as part of a National Theatre Connections Programme.

The programme celebrates new, emerging writing and acting talent, and around 230 youth theatre companies will be performing one of the ten new plays in venues across the UK this spring.

Twenty 13-17 year-olds, all of whom attend University of Worcester Youth Theatre sessions at The Hive or Perdiswell Young People’s Leisure Club, will be performing McLynn’s work, ‘Angels’ at the University’s Drama Studio tomorrow (Saturday 8) at 7pm and Sunday (March 9) at 2pm.

Alison Reeves, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performance at the University, says: “The young people have been working on the production with University of Worcester Drama students and members of our Outreach and Recruitment team since January.

“They have shown great enthusiasm and energy, attributes which the National Theatre Connections Programme look to celebrate, encourage and nurture.”

‘Angels’ tells the story of a group of young strangers gathered in an old graveyard for a community project, watched over by three angels. The play follows them over the course of a day and night as they learn more about themselves and the lives they are living.

Each of the youth theatre companies involved in the project will also perform at one of 26 Connections festivals in professional theatres across the country, with the University of Worcester performance to take place at the Bristol Old Vic on Monday March 17.

A selected version of each of the ten plays will then be staged at London’s National Theatre as part of a week-long celebration of the programme.