Theatretrain TicketsTheatretrain is one of the most extraordinary youth theatre projects in the world. Schools all over the country provide a place for young people to get involved with performance and drama, culminating in a huge annual performance at a major West End venue. Pick up some Theatretrain tickets and come see the stars of tomorrow!
How To Make A Hero is a retelling of the old story The Odyssey, but with a fresh new 21st century attitude. The plot is that Zeus is upset because his proudest creation, the human race, is a huge disappointment. They are greedy and cowardly, and forever fighting with each other. Ulysses is going to show Zeus and all the other gods of Olympus just how brave and heroic the human race can be. This fast-paced show with a 500-strong chorus uses music from Ravel to Pharrell to create a spectacular and hilarious reinvention of the Greek classics.
How To Make A Hero is this year's gala spectacular. The kids will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in the Royal Albert Hall, and share a stage that has been home to the world's greatest actors and musicians. It follows the most recent performance, a music and dance showcase called Now Then that took place this year.
The Theatretrain programme has been running since 1992, and in that time it has produced some incredible talent. Martine McCutcheon, Louise Redknapp, Catherine Tate, Kelly Brook and Daniel Mays are just some of the artists who have passed through the programme. It receives official support from several high-profile actors, including Catherine Tate, as well as Sir Derek Jacobi and Alfred Molina.
Several hundred young people aged 9 to 18 will take part in the performance. These actors are drawn from all over the UK, and they represent the brightest young talent in the country. Many of them don't have access to drama programmes at their local school. And the best thing is that it's non-competitive. Theatretrain places a heavy emphasis on cooperation and collaboration, and all of the kids are encouraged to work together to make the production a success. It's a great place to spot new talent, as some of the performers will go on to become household names, but everyone involved has a great time and learns new skills.
There are two key creative minds behind the entire Theatretrain project. Kevin Dowsett has been a drama teacher for much of his life, and established himself as one of the leading figures in educational theatre before he decided to take on the Theatretrain project. He oversees the schools on a national level, and plays a big role in creating each of the shows. Emma Mead's late husband was one of the first Theatretrain teachers, and founder of the first franchise. She now runs five Theatretrain centres in the UK.
Bringing together such a show involves an awful lot of coordination. Kevin and Emma work closely with the managers of each Theatretrain franchise around the UK to ensure that each team is working diligently on their part of the performance. And when it's time to hit the Albert Hall, the audience can guaranteed a brilliant performance. The Theatretrain production team also organises smaller regional events and get-togethers throughout the year.
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