Judges impressed by Gargantua play

MCBT-11 Thame Youth Theatre
MCBT-11 Thame Youth Theatre

A NATIONAL Theatre performance could be on the cards for Thame’s young actors after they impressed in a major competition with their performance of Gargantua.

The senior group of Thame’s Youth Theatre took to the stage at Lord Williams’s on Monday and left judges in the National Theatre’s Connections event wanting more.

They will now perform at the Oxford Playhouse next month in the second and final round of the competition.

Artistic director James Dakers said: “I am very proud of the seniors’ achievement on Monday night.

“It is brilliant that so many local young people can perform at the Oxford Playhouse and it has been really interesting directing a gigantic baby destroying a city.”

The play follows the story of a giant who is born after a 22-month pregnancy and becomes a real problem for the city.

He grows at an alarming rate and the play highlights how he is treated by the locals. It was written specifically for the competition, which involves 200 groups from across England.

They are now one step away from performing at the National Theatre in July.

But for them to become one of the top 10 groups in the country they are reliant on the support of the Thame public.

Youth arts manager Megan Hudson said: “This is a great opportunity for the group. Now we just need lots of audience members to come and fill the 600 seats at the Playhouse.”

To book tickets for the April 12 play call 01865 305305.