13 members of Falkirk Youth Theatre will be travelling down to Ayr this weekend to take part in the National Festival of Youth Theatre taking place at the Ayr Gaiety.
Organised by Youth Theatre Arts Scotland, each year around 200 young people aged 14+ come together to discover and celebrate their shared passion. Participants come from youth theatre groups all across Scotland, the UK and internationally.
Through performances, workshops, social activities and festival camping NFYT encourages its young participants to develop as artists, audience members and creative thinkers. With an emphasis on inclusion, education and collaboration, NFYT removes barriers, teaches valuable life skills and provides extraordinary new experiences.
The group have been working with a brand new stage adaptation of ‘The Incredible Adam Spark’ by renowned local author Alan Bissett.
The play tells the story of Adam Spark. Eighteen going on eight-and-a-half. Fast-food worker. Queen fan. Last in the queue for luck. On waking from an accident in which he saves a child, he has the distinct impression that all is far from right. What are these curious lights that seem to surround people? Why are animals and machines trying to speak to him? And can he really control time? Is it just his imagination, or has Adam Spark been chosen to become Scotland's first, and only, superhero? This, however, is the least of his problems. The local gang is luring him into deeper and darker peril. His sister and lone carer, Jude, is giving all her love to another woman. And if Jude abandons Adam - or Adam drives her away - all the superpowers in the world won't be able to save him.
The group of talented youngsters have been chosen from hundreds of applications to perform at the event and close the festival with their piece.
Directed by Lawrence Crawford and Produced by Joanne Sharp the piece has challenged the group to tackle challenging concepts and issues and created a great piece of theatre with a real Falkirk flavour!
Tickets available from http://ayrgaiety.co.uk/national-festival-of-youth-theatre/