Milton Keynes-based theatre school Arts1 will be performing The School Film, by Patrick Marber, at The Box Studios in Linford Wood East this Sunday (February 19).
The show is part of National Theatre Connections – a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people.
The School Film is one of 10 new plays written especially for Connections by a selection of the best playwriting talent in the UK.
Rebecca Carrington, principal of Arts1, revealed that the show is a vital and exciting part of her students’ development.
She said: “National Theatre Connections is a fantastic way for our young performers to experience a full scale production and have feedback from some of the UK’s leading theatre directors as part of their process.
“The School Film marries a classic story with a modern interpretation and gives the young actors and actresses at Arts1 a chance to explore a classic story through Patrick Marber’s contemporary writing.
“Our young students are involved in all aspects of the production process and learn a great deal about theatre production from their involvement.”
The School Film is the story of a whole school assembling in the hall to watch a film, which turns out to be an old British black-and-white classic from the 1940s.
As the young viewers absorb the adventures of the characters in the old story they begin to discover what their own expectations might be.
National Theatre Connections plays are commissioned for and about young people, from some of the best contemporary playwrights, and performed by schools and youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland.
Rufus Norris, director of the National Theatre, said: “Connections is at the heart of the National Theatre’s work for young people and one of the most exciting and important projects we do.”
To book to see Arts1 perform The School Film on February 19, visit http://www.arts1.co.uk. For further information or to enquire about joining Arts1 call 01908 604756.
This article was first published in the February issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Click here to read the full digital edition.