Blog Takeover: The word from Press Road

Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Tricycle


Say hello to Rebecca Twydell, the Tricycle’s Press Road Young Company Director. Rebecca has been working with the mega energetic Press Road young companies along with playwright Somalia Seaton to create a performance that will no doubt be something special for Takeover 2016: Paradise

Hello! My name is Rebecca and I have the pleasure of being the Press Road Young Company Director for the second year running.

I work with a rather special group of young people who are full to bursting with enthusiasm and excitement at performing as part of this years’ event, Takeover 2016: Paradise.

I am directing projects with two of the Press Road Young Company groups; 7-9’s and 10-12’s alongside writer Somalia Seaton. The groups are creating two original plays that capture their voices as young theatre makers.

Both groups love games (they could play splat for hours) and are very energetic. They’ve been creating news reports from their story worlds, hot-seating different characters, writing their own monologues, creating freeze frames, improvising scenes and working with drafts of the script. And they are never, ever short of ideas and imagination. Despite having gotten to know them all pretty well over the last few years, they still manage to surprise me. I have been amazed how willing even the youngest members of the group have been in actively listening to each other’s ideas, building and adding, sharing and suggesting and the generosity and respect they have shown to the process of writing a play together.

Both groups have created something that reflects their different personalities and interests but that also gently explores what concerns and worries young people their age have; be it making friends, revising for tests or the serious matter of cyber bullying. It provides an important insight into the lives of young people.

So, after months of sharing ideas and making characters, last week we sat down with the first full draft of their plays and did our first full read through.

Suddenly, with only 4 weeks to go (and that’s only four hours in our case!) it’s all beginning to feel very real. Luckily it’s half term, so as well as being under strict instructions to learn their lines we’re meeting for an extra weekend rehearsal to get the show on its feet.

Book tickets for the Press Road Young Company double bill performances here. Check out the full Takeover 2016: Paradise line up here.

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