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OSH Selected for National Theatre Festival

February 4th, 2015

Old Swinford Hospital has been selected to take part in Connections, the National Theatre’s festival of new plays written for young people. Following two performances at the School on 9th and 10th March, the play will then transfer to Warwick Arts Theatre for a performance on either 2nd or 3rd May.

OSH has chosen to perform ‘Remote’ by Stef Smith.  The play is about protest, power and protecting yourself.  In the play, a girl called Antler steps out of her front door and throws her phone on the ground. She stamps on it. She then climbs the tallest tree in the park. She doesn’t want to be found, not by anyone. Seven teenagers’ lives all intertwine over the course of a single evening, as they make their way through the park on a seemingly normal autumn night.

Head of Drama at Old Swinford Hospital said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for OSH pupils to be part of such a prestigious festival.  They will gain valuable experience in professional theatre-making through creating their own marketing campaign, designing sets and costumes, operating lighting and stage management, as well as putting in the best performances of their lives.”

“Remote was selected not only for the amazing writing, but because we felt that with such a large chorus, we would be able to encourage those pupils who don’t normally take part in Drama to do so.”

Around 230 youth theatres and schools will be taking part and following regional performances, 10 groups will be selected to perform at the closing festival in July at the National Theatre, London.  Performing in London is a fantastic opportunity, but only one part of the whole festival, which aims to inspire 13-19 year olds with high-quality playwriting and give companies the knowledge, skills and confidence to bring the play to life.

Stef Smith studied Drama and Theatre Arts at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She is best known for the critically acclaimed and sell-out show RoadKill (Edinburgh Festival 2010, 2011) which won a Laurence Olivier Award in 2012. Stef has also been on attachment with the National Theatre of Scotland and was part of the National Writers Group at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

How to Reserve Tickets:

9th & 10th March 2015 at 7 pm, Foleyan Hall, Old Swinford Hospital, Stourbridge, DY8 1QX.

Tickets, priced at £3, can be reserved by either emailing Tim Harris on [email protected], or by telephoning reception on 01384 817300.  Payment will be collected on the evening.

Further details on the performance at the Warwick Arts Theatre will be announced shortly.

Pic shows L-R:  Hannah Frost, Mr Tim Harris – Head of Drama, Laura Trigg.