New plays by James Fritz, Bola Agbaje, and Stephanie Street
9 August – 27 August 2016
3 world premieres
by James Fritz
Directed by Matthew Harrison
Running Time: 1h
by Bola Agbaje
Directed by Valentina Ceschi
Running Time: 1h 11m
THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST
by Mohsin Hamid
Adapted for the stage by Stephanie Street
Directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah
Running Time: 1h 37m
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016, the National Youth Theatre for the first time in its history, presents a season of new writing at London’s Finborough Theatre. The season is to include world premiere productions from two Olivier Award-winning playwrights and the first ever stage production of Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
Founded in 1956 the NYT is the pioneering force for youth theatre around the world and is recognised as the leading provider of free alternatives to formal theatre training, with alumni including Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Chiwetel Ejiofor CBE and Sir Daniel Day Lewis. Since being founded the world’s leading youth arts charity has nurtured the talent of over 100,000 young people.
The Fall by Olivier Award-nominated playwright James Fritz (Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Ross and Rachel) The will be directed by Bryan Forbes Director Bursary Recipient Matthew Harrison (NYT REP Bryan Forbes Bursary Director 2014).The Fall is a miniature epic spanning a lifetime. It takes a funny, moving and candid look at young people’s relationship to the old, confronting the frightening prospect of ageing in a country undergoing a crisis of care.
Bitches is a two hander about running a YouTube channel by Olivier Award winning playwright Bola Agbaje (Gone Too Far!), directed by NYT REP 2013 Assistant Director Valentina Ceschi. Bitches follows teenage friends Funke and Cleo as they set up ‘Sons of Bitches’ with the hopes of getting rich quick but everything starts to fall apart when a meme of Funke’s mum goes viral.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist will be the first ever stage production of Mohsin Hamid’s Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel and Hollywood blockbuster film. The production looks at the ironies of prejudice and representation in a post 9/11 New York and Pakistan. It follows Pakistani native Changez’s disenchantment with the West and his journey back to Lahore. The production has been adapted for stage by Stephanie Street (Sisters) and will be directed by Prasanna Puwanarajah (Moth).
More information at www.nyt.org.uk.
About the Writer and Director of The Fall
Written by Olivier Award-nominated playwright James Fritz (Four Minutes Twelve Seconds, Ross & Rachel) The Fall will be directed by Bryan Forbes Director Bursary Recipient Matthew Harrison (NYT REP Bryan Forbes Bursary Director 2014). The Fall is a miniature epic spanning a lifetime. It takes a funny, moving and candid look at young people's relationship to the old, confronting the frightening prospect of ageing in a country undergoing a crisis of care.
Director Matthew Harrison is a director, devisor and theatre maker. Direction includes Snowbird (Tristan Bates Theatre), Tales from the Bad Years (Landor Theatre), Futures (Lost Theatre), Please Wait Patiently (National Theatre Temporary Theatre) and The Pirates of Penzance (Tabard Theatre). Assistant Direction includes +Sum (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich), Table 23 (Edinburgh Festival) and on devised projects for the National Youth Theatre.
About the Writer and Director of Bitches
Playwright Bola Agbaje graduated from the Young Writers Programme at the Royal Court Theatre in 2007 and her first play Gone Too Far! was performed there in the same year. It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliated Theatre and her screenplay adaptation was released in 2014. Other writing includes Mouthful (Trafalgar Studios), Soap Opera and Off The Endz (Royal Court Theatre), Take a Deep Breath and Breathe (Ovalhouse), Climate Week Play in a Day (Arcola Theatre) and Reap What You Sow (The Young Vic).
Valentina Ceschi is co-artistic director of award winning company Dancing Brick with Thomas Eccleshare with whom she has written and performed in all the company's shows, touring nationally and internationally since 2008. She works with new writers at Soho Theatre and is associate director of Olivier Award winning opera company OperaUpClose. Valentina frequently works with youth companies throughout the UK, including the Cambridge Junction and Lyric Hammersmith.
About the Writer and Director of The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Playwright Stephanie Street is an actor, writer, Literary Associate of HighTide Festival and founder member of The Act for Change Project. She recently appeared in Rufus Norris' production Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre).
Theatre includes King James Bible and Nightwatchman (National Theatre), Rough Cuts and Shades (Royal Court Theatre), Sweet Cider (Arcola Theatre), Not the End of the World (Bristol Old Vic) Too Close to Home (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith) and The Vagina Monologues (National Tour).
Television includes Silk, Lewis, Apparitions and Primeval.
Writing includes an adaptation of Wuthering Heights (NYT REP season 2015) and Sisters, a verbatim piece which re-opened the Sheffield Crucible Studio in March 2010.
Director Prasanna Puwanarajah is a writer and director for film, television and theatre. Prasanna's debut play Nightwatchman premiered at the National Theatre.
Direction includes Moth (HighTide Festival at Bush Theatre).
His short film The Half-Light, which he both wrote and directed also received critical acclaim and awards in film festivals around the world.
9 August – 27 August 2016
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