Midlands theatre group flies the flag for Britain at international festivals


Central Youth Theatre's group going to the Czech Republic

Central Youth Theatre’s group going to the Czech Republic

A West Midlands theatre group will fly the flag for Britain at an international festival this week.
Wolverhampton’s Central Youth Theatre (CYT) will be at the ninth annual Ostrov Soukani international theatre festival in the Czech Republic for young people aged between 13 and 20 from Wednesday 1st May to Monday 6th May.
Twelve members of CYT will be in the Czech Republic will be travelling to the festival to stage their devised production “You Decide”, which challenges young people to think about making moral and ethical decisions. At the festival CYT members will be joining other young people Armenia, Russia, Austria, Israel and Czech Republic.
Performance Director Holly Phillips says:  “Our young people are very excited about the trip and can’t wait to take part in the festival workshops, social events and see the performance work by the other countries!
“This will be the fifth time the Youth Theatre has travelled Soukani which is a bi-annual festival.  CYT started going to the festival in 2001 and has seen different generations of youth theatre members take part over the years”.
The young people selected to represent the youth theatre in Czech have all contributed to a big ongoing fundraising campaign with a £6,000 target needed to send members abroad to represent the area and the UK at global and European festivals.
As well as helping to send young people to the Soukani Youth Theatre Festival in Ostrov in the Czech Republic from the 2nd to the 6th of May, funds will also help us when we are the UK’s representatives at the World Amateur Theatre Festival in Monaco in August.
In Monaco fourteen members of CYT will stage a one hour version of Burnt by The Sun adapted from the film by Nikita Mikhalkov which is an examination of the full horror of Stalin’s rule in the Soviet Union.

Flyer for Burnt By The Sun pre-festival performance at The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Flyer for Burnt By The Sun pre-festival performance at The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

The group will be performing in the historic Salle Garnier Monaco Opera House on 22nd and 24th August.  CYT members will be joined by 23 theatre companies from the Far East, Africa, India, Scandinavia, Europe and the USA.
CYT Director Jane Ward added: “This year is our 30th anniversary and we have been flying the flag for the UK, our region and Wolverhampton before international audiences abroad and at home for all those years.
“Despite difficult economic times the young people are continuing to work hard, not only at producing first class drama, but also raising the funds to keep showing the rest of the world that we have a lot of talent and skill in the UK, our region and Wolverhampton.”

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