Level of trust needed for new production
NATIONAL Youth Theatre of Wales members, including Neath Port Talbot's Naomi Hyatt Golding, are bringing their latest production, dead born grow, to Swansea this weekend.
And in a new departure, NYTW is collaborating with award-winning physical theatre Company, Frantic Assembly.
Directed by Eddie Kay and Jess Williams for Frantic Assembly, dead born grow is a devised work that promises vital, challenging and risk-taking theatre.
The 12 members of NYTW have been learning a variety of movement techniques and skills — including how to fall, and how to lift, throw and leap at each other — safely!
"The main body of dead born grow, is purely physical, and demands a level of awareness and trust from the whole company," says creative director, Eddie Kay.
"We only live once, yet we often put up these fronts and wear these masks to hide how we really feel."
This is the youth theatre's first collaborative undertaking of this kind, and is part of a year-long programme of creative projects with young people across Wales.
"We are exploring the NYTW-experience — what it is, who it's for, how it works — and extending our reach to even more young people, in more corners of Wales, at different times of the year," says Pauline Crossley, principal manager of National Youth Arts Wales.
"We want to work with a diverse mix of participants and partners through a variety of training and performance opportunities. We are redefining our national theatre for young people. Exciting times!"
Taliesin Arts Centre, Sunday, September 8, 8pm