Their showcase event used scripted plays by former Hampshire drama teacher Paul King. The juniors presented a cool new version of The King’s New Clothes whilst the seniors included a light-hearted comedy in The Perils of Pauline followed by a serious contrasting work Arbeit Macht Frei which told the story of a Jewish ghetto and deportations during World War II. There was strong ensemble acting in all three pieces with use of mime and dance too.
During the coming term, the Chesil Youth Theatre will be concentrating on spontaneous and prepared improvised work. Their Director Dee Jones said: “Having worked on texts since September, the groups are now ready to create their own dramas. They will be developing their negotiating and evaluating skills as well as experiencing how an actor, director or designer approaches a play.”
Chesil Youth Theatre welcomes new members. Both groups meet during term time from 6.15pm to 7.30pm; juniors (aged 8-12) on Wednesdays and seniors (13-16) on Mondays. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.