An Aberdeen theatre company have made national connections which will put them on an Edinburgh stage with the chance of performing in London.
Thanks to the support of Shell, APA Senior Youth Theatre will take part in the National Theatre (London) Connections festival - a nationwide celebration of new writing for young people - for the first time this year.
The 15-strong youth theatre company – all aged between 16 and 18 - will perform Little Foot – a powerful new play about modern relationships by Craig Higginson - initially at The Lemon Tree Studio Thursday to Saturday, March 8 to 10 and then at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh for the Connections Festival Tuesday to Saturday, June 12 to 15.
If selected as one of the best productions during the festival, they could be invited to perform the production at the National Theatre in London later this year.
Little Foot co-director and APA creative learning worker Claire Davidson said: “The challenges that this new piece of writing offers our group are hugely beneficial to the creative developments of the young people.
“And we are thrilled – and very grateful - that Shell have chosen to sponsor such a worthy project to represent Aberdeen on a national stage.”
Fellow director and APA creative learning manager Johanna Duncan added: “As a department we are extremely excited about the opportunity this presents and are delighted to be able to offer members of our Senior Youth Theatre the chance to take part in this fantastic event.”
Shell communications manager Fiona Bayne said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Youth Theatre Group with their production of Little Foot.
“Engaging with a diverse mix of young people, this programme offers a great experience in an environment that allows them to develop their skills and confidence.”
Set in South Africa, the play features a group of friends who spend a night in some underground caves, known as the Cradle of Humankind and home to the oldest human remains.
As they venture deeper and deeper, surrounded by a chorus of ancestral voices, the modern teenagers are stripped back to their primordial origins, and with truths revealed and loyalties undone, gradually the group unravels.
Craig Higginson works include the plays Dream of the Dog and The Girl in the Yellow Dress and he is the co-author of Truth in Translation and Ten Bush, both of which have toured widely internationally.
He has adapted and co-adapted several other works into plays for the Market Theatre.
Tickets for Little Foot are available online at www.boxofficeaberdeen.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.