Heather and I went to see an ingenious piece of theatre last night at the Live Theatre. 11 Plus is a short performance based on interviews with a group of young people aged 11 years and over. They are all members of Live’s thriving youth academy. They were asked to give their insight into a series of different topics, and their answers were incorporated into a clever script revealing how they view the world. It truly was their production. The cast were; Molly Clark Henderson, Mikey Fowler, Dawn Hardcastle, Pebble Jolly-Passant, Ysobel Lloyd-Payne, Finn McCulloch Conlan, Kalem Patterson, Saffron Sims Brydon and Maya Stone. It was a funny and insightful production directed by Paul James. Special mention must also be given to the superb lighting effects and the atmospheric set.
Kalem Patterson is from Crawcrook, but I had no idea that both of his parents work for the same organisation as me until I wrote about him in this blog a few months ago. This was after I’d seen him take the lead role Paddy Campbell’s play, Day of the Flymo. Kalem’s Mum got in touch with me early last week to tell me he was in 11 Plus, and I’m very glad she did, and that we went along to see him. 11 Plus is finished now, but if you missed Flymo it’s back again in the autumn for a two-week run. Heather and I enjoyed it so much that we’re going to see it again. To take the starring role in a professional production is a huge achievement for this Crawcrook lad, and I’m taking a keen interest in his career. He’s kindly agreed to let me interview him later on in the year, which is something I’m very much looking forward to.