Teenagers find all the world’s a stage
ASHWELL Theatre Club chairman Christine Scholfield has told how proud the club is of two junior members who, after six months work, have created their own play. Oliver Gordon and Harry Blumenau, both 14, have been members of the theatre club for the past
ASHWELL Theatre Club chairman Christine Scholfield has told how proud the club is of two junior members who, after six months' work, have created their own play.
Oliver Gordon and Harry Blumenau, both 14, have been members of the theatre club for the past six years - and have now created a tragic comedy.
It will be staged at Ashwell Village Hall on Saturday.
The play, The After Life We Live, has Oliver and Harry playing the leading roles.
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Christine said: "Everyone associated with the theatre club has been amazed with their commitment and dedication to the play.
It is highly unusual for two youngsters to be this focused. It has been a huge responsibility.
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"We have let them do everything, but have been here for support and help when it was needed.
"However, we wanted the play to stand on its own and reflect their work and ideas."
The After Life We Live revolves around Harry's character, who comes face-to-face with the Grim Reaper, played by Oliver who informs him of his imminent death.
Harry then ventures into the after-life where he not only becomes a Grim Reaper, but also falls in love with Death's daughter.
"It's an original and very funny play," said Christine.
"The boys have put so much thought into it and it is extremely clever. I just hope Ashwell will come out and support them."
It is the first time that junior members have written, produced, and played the leading roles in a full-length play.
Oliver and Harry will be the only ones on stage, with other junior members helping with the costumes, make- up and stage management.
Christine believes Oliver and Harry have a bright acting future.
"I think they will probably go on to drama school, and develop their talent further. They are both talented young people who should be proud of themselves," she said.
"We need to encourage youngsters like this because they are the future of the club," added Christine, who has been a member for the past 20 years.
Tickets are available at Ashwell village post office and on the door at Ashwell Village Hall. They cost £4 and the show will start at 7.30pm.