Borders Youth Theatre gets personal with Pronoun

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Borders Youth Theatre performs a love story called Pronoun in Kelso and Hawick next week.

“2014 is a year of anniversaries,” writes BYT’s David Bissett. “This is Borders Youth Theatre’s 25th year. It is also the 50th year of the National Theatre, and the 20th year of the Connections Festival.

“Each year, National Theatre Connections commissions 10 new plays and invites youth theatres throughout the UK to choose a play to perform in their local area and in a nearby large theatre. BYT chose to take part this year and were delighted to get their first choice of play – Pronoun by Evan Placey.”

Director Oli Bisset said “We chose this play because we knew it would be the most exciting of the plays to perform.”

Pronoun is a love story, basically, about a boy who used to be a girl. Oli told us “It’s a love story about image and images and photographs play a central part in the set and the storytelling”.

This is a different type of group for BYT, with 20 young people, all over 15, from all across the Borders, meeting each week to prepare and rehearse the play.

“All the young people are very keen and interested in pursuing a career in drama or theatre,” David added. “This project has offered these young people the opportunity to meet other like-minded performers and to perform a challenging and punchy piece of theatre.”

Director Oli said: “The young participants are very excited about this opportunity to take this play to the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh as part of the Connections Festival. This not only gives them a chance to perform in a large professional theatre in the capital, but also offers the opportunity to connect and network with the wider Youth Theatre community. It is a chance for them to take part in something national.”

Borders Youth Theatre will be performing Pronoun at Kelso High School today and tomorrow at 7pm, then at Hawick Tower Mill on Saturday, at 3pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets are £7 (£5 concessions and £2 BYT members). Tickets are available at the door, bookable from 07896 620404 (Kelso) and 01450 360388 (Hawick).