The norfox Young People's Theatre Company, the Library Theatre's resident company which gives young people aged between 15-18 the chance to gain valuable experience in developing their skills in a professional theatre environment, returns to Manchester Metropolitan University's Capitol Theatre in April with 140 Characters. The piece has been devised by members of the company, and will be directed by Rosie Stuart and Elisa Amesbury.
140 Characters will run Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April 2013 at 7.30pm.
Devised by young people immersed in a world of technology, 140 Characters explores the darkness, delights, and mysteries of the world at their fingertips. Audience members can help untangle the wires and even assist shaping the production via Twitter by submitting stories - in no more than 140 characters, of course - using the hashtag #StoriesGoViral. The directors will be using some of the submitted stories to develop the production and inspire storylines in it.
Previous norfox members have been accepted on drama courses at RADA, the Oxford School of Theatre, ALRA, and the Central School of Speech and Drama. Another recent norfox member appeared in The Wind in the Willows, the Library Theatre Company's hit Christmas 2011 production at The Lowry.
"The recent success of our students gaining places at some of the country's most prestigious drama schools illustrates the high standard of the work of the company," says the director Rosie Stuart, the Community & Education Producer at the Library Theatre Company.
Co-director Elisa Amesbury began her association with Library Theatre in 2010 when she undertook a year's residency as assistant director. She is very pleased to be back with the company and enjoying this long-awaited collaboration with Rosie. "We both feel strongly about shaping the show around the experiences of the young people in the group," she says. "It's exciting and a little scary for us because, in effect, the young people are in control!"
The production will play the Capitol Theatre, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish Street, Manchester M15 6BG on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April, 7.30pm (both performances will be captioned).
Tickets: £7 (£4 concessions) available from Cornerhouse box office on 0161 200 1500, or www.librarytheatre.com.
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