On Saturday 24 March Masque Youth Theatre present Dungeness by Chris Thompson as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival 2018
The NT Connections Festival is an annual project where youth theatres and school groups from all over the country perform new plays, written specifically for young people, both at home venues and then in a professional theatre.
The project has been running since 1995 and always attracts top playwrights as writers.
This year the Northampton-based Masque Youth Theatre are participating, performing Dungeness by Chris Thompson. It concerns a group of LGBT+ teenagers living in a semi-independent facility in Dungeness as they squabble about how to commemorate an atrocity committed against the LGBT+ community on the other side of the earth. How do you take to the streets and protest if you’re not ready to tell the world who you are? If you’re invisible, does your voice still count? It is a play about love, commemoration and protest. Writer Chris Thompson said, “I wrote this play because, like countless others, I was bullied for being gay when I was younger.”
James Gillam, Director of Masque Youth Theatre, writes, “When given a choice of which of the ten plays to perform, the young people in our group were very keen to use this script. They have really connected with the themes and the characters and we cannot wait to show it to an audience.”
Please note that the play is rated 14+ and it does contain language that some may find offensive.
The first performances are at Northampton High School on Saturday 24 March 2018 starting at 4pm and 7pm. Tickets are available on the door for £5. Then MYT will perform the play again at the Royal and Derngate on Sunday 6 May 2018 at 1.30pm. Tickets for this performance are available from www.royalandderngate.co.uk