The Edinburgh Guide awarded Malvern Theatres Young Company a five star review for its ‘exquisite’ production of Under Milk Wood at this year’s Fringe – the world’s biggest arts festival.
Theatre chief executive Nic Lloyd’s skilful direction of the Dylan Thomas classic was given special mention in the glowing review, which said the show ‘should not be missed’.
The piece was performed in the round at Malvern before it transferred to Ediburgh, where critic Angela Milton sang the praises of the ‘strong and capable ensemble’.
She said: “All of the young actors are given an opportunity to demonstrate their skill which they do with an ability well beyond their years, powerfully engaging the storytelling on and around the stage.
“Through the voices of this ensemble, the words and sounds of the piece become palpably alive, flowing effortlessly around us.”
Nic Lloyd said: “I’m always proud of our hardworking Young Company and I’m delighted that they have received this brilliant review, particularly as for many of them it was their first time away from home.
“The Young Company is a fantastic opportunity for Malvern’s young people to try drama, be it on stage or behind the scenes. We are committed to giving our youngsters a platform to express themselves and to work in a professional environment.
“We want to provide a springboard for the next generation of arts professionals, but we also want to inspire a lifelong love of drama. Tickets for Young Company performances in Malvern are free, encouraging more people to see their excellent work.”
Any young person can audition to be part of Malvern Theatres Young Company and participation is subsidised by the theatre.
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Malvern Theatres Young Company was created in 2012 to encourage young people’s enjoyment and participation in the arts and to offer a unique opportunity to be involved in a professionally-led production. The first year’s show, Little Shop of Horrors, played to an audience of 1,053 and since then the company has gone from strength to strength, with 2015’s production of Oliver playing to an audience of 3,271 people. In 2016 we introduced our first drama production with Nic Lloyd directing Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town.
In 2017, Nic directed Malvern’s Young Company stirring performance of The Crucible. For the first time ever, we were able to present this production free of charge in order to introduce the work of the company to as wide an audience as possible. 2,500 people saw the play for free and were so inspired by the young actors’ work that they donated nearly £10,000.
Last year, Malvern Theatres Young Company took part in Edinburgh Fringe for the first time, experiencing everything the world famous arts festival has to offer.
The talented young actors completed several shows of Antigone in Malvern Theatres to excellent reviews, before transferring to the Scottish capital for their run on ‘The Space on the Mile’.
Malvern Theatres, Chief Executive, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our young company. Not only did they get to perform in Edinburgh, but they also learnt vital lessons about the realities of the theatre industry.”
Cast member Emily Henry said: “Taking part in Edinburgh Fringe Festival was an incredible opportunity. It’s the most famous arts Festival in the world and we can say proudly that we have performed there. It was definitely one of the best weeks of my life.”
Since 2012, over 120 young people have taken part in the company, with a core ensemble of 26 who have appeared in over 3 of the last 6 productions.
“Overwhelming sense of pride that Malvern has such an amazing group of young people with the talent, dedication and sheer brilliance shown in last night’s performance of Oliver. Standing ovation was well deserved. Absolutely fabulous. Thank you.” Alex, audience member, Oliver, 2015
“This is the third production I have seen from this company and they never fail to deliver outstanding performances, congratulations to all involved on another success, well deserving of the standing ovation.” Steph, audience member 2015
Malvern Theatres are deeply committed to developing the skills of the next generation and are thrilled that 13 past participants are now working professionally within the industry and 12 are continuing their study of the performing arts at higher education.
“Last summer I was in ‘Our Town’ with Malvern Young Company – it was the best few weeks of my life. I learnt so many new skills and it built my confidence on stage so much. I really recommend it to anyone who has a passion for acting and performing.” Grace Shuttlewood, MTYC Participant 2016
For more information about Malvern Theatres participation opportunities, visit malvern-theatres.co.uk/take-part/