BYT will have their audiences Foxed

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ROALD Dahl is, for many, the nation’s favourite author, and it is no wonder that Borders Youth Theatre have decided to tackle Fantastic Mr Fox, one of his most loved works, for their Easter production.

Around 40 young people have been spending the first week of their holiday in Kelso rehearsing the play.

A spokesperson for BYT said: “Much like the novel itself, this production sees a wide spectrum of people of all ages combining forces to succeed in the task ahead.

“The junior members will rehearse and perform the play and the seniors will form the production team and offer backstage support throughout.

“This formula was first tried last year and proved so successful that the company have decided to return to it once more.

“It is a brilliant way to allow those who are interested to learn and develop skills which do not involve performing but which are essential to a successful production.”

Two experienced seniors have been invited to be trainees who will be given specific tasks to assist the professional staff, two of which were, themselves, participants as youngsters in the early days of BYT.

“The bringing together of three generations of Borders Youth Theatre is one of the strengths of the company and testimony to the sense of belonging which all participants feel as a result of their time at BYT,” added the spokesperson.

Oliver Bisset, co-director with Jane Houston Green, said: “Fantastic Mr Fox will showcase the diverse and vibrant talent of the young participants and all that is wonderful about BYT.

“The immense talent, energy and commitment of the young performers, the stage management and front of house skills of the elder company members all culminating in a spectacular show.”

Fantastic Mr Fox will be performed at Kelso High School tomorrow at 7pm and on Saturday at 3pm and 7pm.

Tickets are priced at £7 (concessions £5, family ticket £20) and are available from Hector Innes, The Square, Kelso.