Leeds City College competes in national theatre competition

Leeds City College is competing in this year’s National Theatre Connections Competition 2016 with a group of Acting students performing an adaptation of Davey Andersons ‘Blackout’. The competition will see schools and colleges around the country battle it out to be crowned the best performers of the crime drama.

Image removed. The talented group of students from Leeds City College put on two 30 minute performances in the presence of a director from the National Theatre. The performances were recorded in the hope that they will be chosen to perform in London. Inspired by a true story, Blackout is about a young offender from Glasgow who committed a violent crime. It is a hard-hitting play about getting bullied, fighting back, trying to make a name for yourself, turning vicious, doing something stupid, losing everything, then finding your way again. Students all had small segments of live art where they wrote a message in fluorescent paint on a board that was then displayed at the end of the show, giving their adaptation a unique outlook on the story. The students will next hold a performance day at West Yorkshire Playhouse on April 27th where along with other schools/college from around the region they will put on a production of ‘Blackout’ for the public. Tickets can be booked here https://www.wyp.org.uk/events/nt-connections/ Connections is the National Theatre’s annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools. Each year it offers a unique opportunity for youth theatres and school theatre groups to stage new plays written for young people by some of theatre’s most exciting playwrights, and to perform in leading theatres across the UK.