Young people take over Theatre Royal Stratford East

By Rachel Bishop on July 30, 2014 9:17 AM |

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Young poets, writers, actors and composers are taking over Theatre Royal Stratford East this week as part of the theatre's latest Young People's Season.

Among the new works on show are four plays and a series of performances from the theatre's poets and spoken word artists.

One play, Flat Lives by the Young Artists Lab, follows the lives of people living in four blocks of flats in Stratford.

Making her directing debut as one of four people in charge of the production is 20-year-old Erica Jeffrey from Waltham Forest.

She said: "I think looking at the lives of local people is really interesting. We felt the community needed a voice after all the hype of the Olympics and how that affected people living nearby."

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Erica has been working with Theatre Royal for four years through State of The Nation and hopes to become an actor after completing her studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

She said: "Working on this play is a great chance to work with new, upcoming artists and to help develop community relations and awareness."

Also on the bill is a short play from Newham's Rokeby Secondary School students with Child Soldier, inspired by Theatre Royal's iconic production of Oh What a Lovely War.

Audiences can also expect an evening of rapid fire, tongue twisting Spoken Word and monologues as members of Theatre Royal Stratford East's Poets Platform present their latest work.

Young People's Season, July 24-26, £5, Theatre Royal Stratford East, stratfordeast.com.