With only a few weeks to go before the curtain lifts on Shetland Youth Theatre's performance of Remote, company member Kate Tyler has been blogging about the experience of rehearsing the play. Here's what she has to say about the experience...
Our latest project in Shetland Youth Theatre is the play ‘Remote’ written by Stef Smith for National Theatre Connections program. Each year the National Theatre commissions ten writers to create new plays for performance by schools and youth theatres all over the country. 250 Youth Theatre Companies take part in Connections each year, with performances in cities close to the companies, and with 10 of the groups getting the opportunity to perform in London. It has been three years since we last took part in NT connections, and all of us are incredibly excited to have been given the chance to perform such a interesting and different show.
Remote is a play about protest, power and protecting yourself. A girl called Antler steps out of her front door and throws her phone on the ground. She stamps on it. She then climbs the tallest tree in the park. She doesn’t want to be found, not by anyone. Seven teenagers' lives all intertwine over the course of a single evening as they make their way through the park on a seemingly normal Autumn's night.
The play shares an important message for the younger generation - to remember the world about you and not to stay stuck inside your own head, to step back from the world at times and question what is going on.
With little under two weeks left until performance week, there is still a lot to do before the show opens. Stay tuned for more posts about our progress.
Tickets are now on sale, and bookings can be made via Shetland Box Office in Mareel & Islesburgh, over the phone on 01595 745 555, or online at shetlandboxoffice.org