Youth Theatre to recreate an ancient tale for a modern audience

Prime Youth Theatre, formerly Sixth Sense Theatre, are bringing The Odyssey to life with a brand new, modern version.

The Odyssey

From Thursday, 21 to Saturday, 23 July, the charity group are performing the piece which they have written themselves at The Arts Centre as part of their 30th anniversary.

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It’s set in a war-torn, modern day environment where technology has been destroyed and soldiers have resorted to hand to hand combat. ‘The Odyssey’ follows four main characters as they struggle to find out where they belong in the world and how they should take responsibility for their actions as they move from adolescence to adulthood.

Prime Theatre’s associate director, who is directing ‘The Odyssey’ said: “The production is an exciting adaption of a well-known story of The Odyssey. It is the first production ever to be written by members of Prime Youth Theatre and involves over 30 members aged 8 to 19 years.”

“The play brings to life a whole range of gods, heroes and monsters and amongst Odysseus’s many adventures there’s humour, sadness and terror: something for everybody.”

Prime Theatre is a charity based at the Wyvern Theatre who run weekly workshops and performance projects for young actors, writers, technicians and other creatives. Youth Theatre members are able to develop performance and theatre-making skills, grow in confidence, work as a team and develop an appreciation and enjoyment of theatre.

Their most recent production was The Laramie Project in April this year, a play which told the story of the death of university student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, USA.

Tickets are available now on the Arts Centre website or by calling the ticket office on 01793 524481.