National Youth Theatre

My colleague, community artist Angie Tillges, shared with me news of this newest performance by the National Youth Theatre of England. At 55 years old, NYT stakes claim to being the world’s first youth theatre, and trains hundreds of young people every year, while reaching out to thousands more through their programming. On their site they argue “that culture is a perfect platform from which to transform lives and give unique opportunities to young people, who can explore new friendships and know the true meaning of global citizenship.”

Their most recent work entitled Slick takes on questions of environmental degradation, and is performed in the shell of a major redevelopment project. Below are some clips from the performance by an audience member. They also have a production called Our Days of Rage, which sounds fascinating. It explores a history of protest, and is performed in tunnels that have been turned into a performance space.

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