WHERE WE ARE, a brand new production staged by the Theatre Royal Bath’s Young People’s Theatre at the egg, gives the city’s teenage community a voice
As part of the Free Range Festival, members of the Theatre Royal Bath’s Young People’s Theatre (YPT) will performWhere We Are at the egg theatre on Saturday 4th July and Sunday 5th July. This brand new play written by international playwright and director Greg Banks, in collaboration with the YPT, explores how young people growing up in Bath and the surrounding area feel about their city.
What is it like to be a teenager living in a location steeped in history and so famous for its past? Is it a city which looks forward or is it neglecting its future? Given a chance how would Bath’s young people change it?
To coincide with this year’s election, YPT members have examined places in and around Bath that are significant to them and asked why? In this new work written, performed and developed by the company in collaboration with visiting director Greg Banks, the teenagers reveal ‘their Bath’ and give an insight into what they think lies ahead.
Using stories, direct quotes and interviews with cast members, as well as other local teenagers and Bath residents to create Where We Are, this new play features the spirit of people of the city and tackles issues which strike a chord with the younger generation from pressure at school to concerns over paying taxes and Bath’s population of homeless people.
The Theatre Royal’s YPT production of Where We Are features a cast of fifteen, aged from twelve to eighteen years, from Bath and the surrounding towns and villages, including Calne, Saltford, Marshfield and Doynton.
Since work began on the show in April, members of YPT’s Backstage team have also been working with industry professionals behind-the-scenes. Guided by the egg’s resident team, budding technicians have assisted with lighting and stage management, helped to build the set, make props and costumes, and they will provide technical support when the show is performed at the egg.
WHERE WE ARE appears at the egg theatre on Saturday 4th July and Sunday 5th July. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, the egg theatre on 01225 823 409 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.uk