YOUNG people from across Redcar and Cleveland are preparing to stage an acclaimed, exhilarating show about their lives this weekend.
Youthquake, by the award-winning Zest Theatre, is described as “part show, part TED Talk and part party” and takes you on a journey through Teen Britain.
More than 500 young people from across the Tees Valley were involved in creating the performance which has been staged across the UK and elsewhere on Teesside.
Now the final performance, which has had rave reviews across the country, will be staged at Tuned In! on Redcar’s seafront on Friday 31 January, Saturday 1 February and Sunday 2 February.
Zest Theatre spoke to 800 young people across the UK with the majority coming from the Tees Valley. Youngsters at Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough are taking part in the last production. They will be supporting the two main cast members, Harris Cain and Claire Gaydon, and adding their voices.
Patricia Suarez, Movement Director for the show, is originally from Guisborough and has returned to her old school for the very final production. She said: “What’s great for me about this is coming back to my own college and with the last performance being in Redcar – it’s really exciting!
“The young people’s voices are integral, they are actually part of the show and it just would not happen without them. Everywhere is so different. The Redcar and Cleveland Show will be completely different from say Darlington and the London shows. They have different lives and different things important to them. That said, there is a lot shared between them about wanting to be heard and saying, ‘this is our lives and this is what is important to us.’”
Olivia Waite, 17, a student at Prior Pursglove, is taking part. She said: “I think it’s really exciting and really engaging. It’s close to our age range and it’s something we can get to grips with. It has a message about being less judgemental and it’s also about how we should get engaged with politics and wider society. It’s a good approach to staging a show because there’s movement, songs, pieces of acting – it encompasses everything, which is really interesting.”
Tickets are free. Call Tuned In! on (01642) 771245 or book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/youthquake-tickets-833553972…
On Friday there will be a showing for schools in the afternoon but tickets are available to the public for the 6.30pm showing. There are also two public showings on Saturday at 10.30am and 1.30pm.
The show was commissioned by Tees Valley Combined Authority alongside The Civic, Barnsley and Lincoln Drill Hall.