The Youth Theatre in Wolverhampton is representing the UK with its new play
Wolverhampton’s leading youth theatre will celebrate its 30th anniversary by staging a production of Burnt By The Sun at the city’s Grand Theatre on Tuesday.
The theatre will then represent the United Kingdom at the World Festival of Amateur Theatre in the Principality of Monaco, performing in the historic Salle Garnier Opera House on August 22 and 24.
The festival plays host to 24 theatre groups from across Europe, Scandinavia, Africa, India, Asia and the Middle East.
The company will be staging their own adaptation of the film Burnt By The Sun, which is a celebrated examination of the full horror of Stalin’s rule in the Soviet Union.
Set in 1936, the revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending what seems to be an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and family.
Things change dramatically as a face from the past re-enters their lives.
Grand spokeswoman Kate Evans said: “Amidst a tangle of sexual jealousy and retribution, the full horrifying reach of Stalin’s rule is about to invade their lives.
“This performance is the only opportunity to see the show before it is performed at the World Festival.”
The Central Youth Theatre has been Wolverhampton’s leading youth theatre group since 1983 and was founded by its current director, Jane Ward.
Hundreds of young people have passed through the Youth Theatre during its 30-year lifespan, many of whom have gone on to study drama and are now working professionally in theatre, film and television. Wolverhampton City Council supports the Youth Theatre to ensure it is affordable for all young people from across the City.
The Youth Theatre currently has two bases, one at the Newhampton Arts Centre, and another at the former Antique Market Hall next to the retail markets in Salop Street.
It has an extensive collection of more than 10,000 theatrical costumes, which are hired out to the community, and also has new offices, and rehearsal space.
The group provides opportunities for young people aged eight-25 years to learn a broad range of skills associated with the dramatic arts. A spokesperson for the group said: “Stage theatre productions are of the highest possible standard.”
The theatre helps to develop interest in and understanding of, all aspects of the production process, so that the final performances are down to youngsters.
Tickets for the show are available from the venue.