Young people in festival spotlight

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Dozens of young people are all set to display their talents in performance arts at Chesterfield’s showpiece theatre.

The annual Young People’s Festival at the Pomegranate Theatre will feature performances from the Pomegranate Youth Theatre, Staveley’s Springwell School, Chesterfield College, Matlock’s Steep Turnpike Youth Theatre, Newbold Community School and Chesterfield’s Donut Creative Art Studio.

The showcase kicks off on Sunday, June 26, when the Pomegranate Youth Theatre will present History-onics 4 which will incorporate the skills that the students have learned, including mime, physical theatre, storytelling, characterisation and improvisation.

On Monday Springwell School will be presenting What Lies Behind The Door, written and directed by Christopher Hempenstall, which is an adaptation of Hansel and Gretel. The same night, Chesterfield College presents the Ukranian tragedy The Grain Store by Natal’ia Vorozhbit.

Monday night’s bill is completed by Steep Turnpike Youth Theatre’s production of Is There Anybody There? which has been devised by the group using Water de la Mare’s poem The Listeners.

On Tuesday, Newbold Community School will present a showcase of music, drama and dance, and students from Donut Creative Art Studio will present scenes from the play Our Day Out as well as a number of songs which they have written.

Songs from the shows and modern classics will be performed by students from Chesterfield Studios in the bar of the Pomegranate every evening of the festival.

The festival opens at 7pm each evening. All tickets cost £3.50; to book, call (01246) 345222 opr