Youth Theatre Productions

Titus Andronicus

 

Off the Ground Youth Theatre present

 

Titus Andronicus

By William Shakespeare

 

 

Titus Poster

 

“Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand, Blood and revenge are hammering in my head”

 

Off the Ground Youth Theatre is beginning its 20th year with its most ambitious and exciting project to date. On 4th – 6th February twenty-five of the youth theatre’s senior members will be performing Shakespeare goriest tragedy, Titus Andronicus, in Heswall Hall, Wirral.

Off the Ground Theatre started working on the Wirral in 1996 and have produced over a hundred shows, featuring young talent from across Merseyside and the Northwest. Over the last year the youth theatre have worked on a huge outdoor retelling of Lord of the Flies, were only the second company in the country after the RSC to produce the Chinese classic The Orphan of Zhao, and created a piece for Liverpool’s International PhysicalFest, but Titus is set to be a their biggest challenge yet. The group have been working for twelve weeks to create the world of rivalry and revenge that make this play so thrilling.

One of Shakespeare’s first and, without doubt, his bloodiest play, sees the great Roman General, Titus Andronicus, returning from a successful campaign against the Goths. After the sacrificial killing of one of the Goth princes, Tamora, the newly advanced Empress of Rome, silently plots her revenge against the Andronicus family. What follows is a lurid tale of murder, rape, and mutiny; a lot of revenge and a little bit of pie. The role of Aaron, one of Shakespeare’s most evil characters, is being played by Elliott Davies (18). He says, “There is apparently a rape, murder or mutilation, on average, every 91 lines in this play. And with the cuts we’ve made its probably down to about 50 lines. It is a fast-moving, dark play which asks what price we pay for revenge.”

The staging is also seen to be an important part of this production. “We didn’t want to make everything around dark and grimy – after all this is the crème of Roman society – so we have set some of it in an art gallery,” said Jack Saunders (18) who is playing Demetrius. “The fact that the violence takes place in such a refined setting helps reinforce how bloody and brutal it is.”

 

 

Tickets available here.

 

 

If You Go Down To The Woods Tonight

Off the Ground Youth Theatre

 

If You Go Down To

The Woods Tonight. . .

 

                            …you’d better not go alone.

 

A group of friends are trying to drown their sorrows after their friends’ Service of Remembrance.But lights in the trees and

voices from the past mean they are not alone. It seems that something in the forest is very keen that they don’t forget.

If you are brave enough you can join Off the Ground Youth Theatre for a 40 minute story of love,death and revenge in

Royden Woods.

 

Sensible footwear must be worn.  Recommended age: 14+ (strong language and scenes of a disturbing nature)

Places are strictly limited and expected to sell out. Go on, scare yourself!

 

Performances are on Fri 30th and Sat 31st Oct, All Hallows Eve; at 7, 8 and 9pm

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OTG Teechers

Off The Ground Youth Theatre Presents

 

Teechers

By John Godber

 

It’s the 1980’s, a rough school in the north of England. A gang of early school leavers have put on a play for the drama teacher, who is leaving, about their experience of drama in high school. An experience which, for some, has been life changing.

Join Salty, Hobby, Gail, Lil’ V and the rest of the school leavers in this performance of John Godber’s classic play about what school was really like in the 1980’s. Let them take you on a journey through the classrooms, staff room and even to the school disco and experience a year in the life of an 80’s teenager.

Teechers will be on Thurs 11th and Fri 12th June  at 7pm in the Calday Drama studio.

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The Lord Of The Flies

Off The Ground Youth Theatre Presents

Lord of the Flies

By William Golding

 

If you were a teenager who’d survived a plane crash and found yourselves on a deserted island, you’d hope to be with people who’d act fast, think wisely and behave compassionately! But in this up to date adaptation of William Golding’s classic story we explore the same dark side of humanity and the savagery that underlies even the most civilised human being.

"When everything else is stripped away, we are left with the true essence of who we are."

Bear Grylls

 

Come and find out what we’ve discovered on

Thurs 2nd, Fri 3rd and Sat 4th July

In Royden Park beginning at 7.30pm

In the performance area.

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The Orphan of Zhao

The Orphan of Zhao was the first Chinese play to be translated into English and is often referred to as the Chinese Hamlet.  It tells the story of power-crazed  courtier Tu’an Gu who brutally kills the noblemen who stand in his way.  This includes Zhao Dun and his entire clan. However, Zhao Dun’s infant son survives under a different identity and is adopted by Tu'an Gu as his son. But the Orphan of Zhao will inevitably find out the truth about his identity and avenge his father's death.

This is a new translation by James Fenton and was first performed by the RSC in 2012/2013. This will be only the second performance of The Orphan of Zhao in the country.

Off the Ground Youth Theatre has been running for 18 years.  Recent productions have included Overspill and Cotton Wool at The UnityOthello in the The Lady Chapel, Liverpool Cathedral and A Midsummer Nights Dream in Royden Park.  We are currently working with Tmesis and will be teaching and performing  as part of the PhysicalFest Youth Festival at The Bluecoat .

 

The Orphan of Zhao will be on Thurs 26th till Sat 28th March.

For the first time Off The Ground Youth Theatre will be performing in the Liverpool Everyman Studio Theatre

Orphan

   

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