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FROM SW19 TO THE ALBERT HALL

On March 20th 2019 a group of local Merton teens will be acting, singing and dancing on the world-famous stage at the Royal Albert Hall.

The 20 young actors have joined forces with Merton Music Foundation and a choir made-up of thousands of local schoolchildren to create a spectacular show called Thames Tales.

Written by playwright and Young Actors Company producer, Andrew Alty, the 50-minute production tells the story of Old Father Thames’ retirement and the granddaughter who takes his crown. It features songs specially written by Pete Churchill and Adam Saunders.

Thames Tales is one of three original plays written for WCTT’s Troubled Waters season, a season addressing the turbulent times young people have to navigate. The other plays in the season; Lemon Heaven and To Walk On Water will be performed at New Wimbledon Theatre’s Time & Leisure Studio.
“Giving young people a voice is what the Young Actors Company all about,” says Andrew Alty. “Young people say they don’t feel that adults listen to them or take their views seriously. We are determined to change this, giving our young actors the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings about the future and the serious issues they face. That’s why, this year, all three plays in our season are home-grown.”

WCTT Young Actors Company invites young people in Merton to come along to our open auditions every September and the groups meet every Sunday. Membership is free which allows young people from all backgrounds in Merton can attend. The charity receives no government funding and depends entirely on public donations and grants to fund its work.
WCTT will be announcing a major fundraising campaign in March to keep its Young Actors Company free for all young people living in Merton.
Dates for the season are:

WEDS 20 MARCH “THAMES TALES”, ROYAL ALBERT HALL, 7pm

FRI 29 AND SAT 30 MARCH WCTT YOUNG ACTORS PRESENT “TO WALK ON WATER”, 7:45 AND 2:45 (SATURDAY ONLY)

FRI 5 AND SAT 6 APRIL WCTT YOUNG ACTORS PRESENT “LEMON HEAVEN”, 7:45 AND 2:45 (SATURDAY ONLY)

For booking information go to: http://www.wctt.org.uk/wctt-young-actors-company/troubled-waters-season/
To join the Young Actors (11-19 years) email: assist_newwimbledon@yahoo.co.uk
For more information about WCTT and its projects by and for young people please contact: andrewalty@wctt.org.uk