A new play from Orange Skies Theatre will be performed tonight at Stage 2 Theatre Royal at 7pm, programmed as part of Young Norfolk Arts Festival (YNAF)
Orange Skies Theatre will premier their latest play, In Addition, at Stage 2 Theatre Royal as part of the the Young Norfolk Arts Festival July 10th, 7pm. A heart wrenching, political piece of new writing and physical theatre, In Addition was shortlisted for the Les Enfants Terribles Award 2018. In Addition showed at the YNAF last year as a work in progress and this year’s premier of the show is the culmination of a longstanding relationship between Orange Skies and the Young Norfolk Arts Festival in which the festival has been a springboard for the growth and success of this emerging theatre company.
Described by Rich Rusk Associate Director at Gecko Theatre as “A dynamic young company, full of promise”, Orange Skies Theatre is returning to the Young Norfolk Arts Festival for a third time.
In 2014 Artistic Director of Orange Skies Theatre Daisy Minto, worked with the festival to produce a day of theatre workshops and work in progress performances at the Norwich Puppet Theatre. The success of this event lead the way for a positive relationship between the YNAF and Minto and when Orange Skies officially launched with Minto at the helm, Lucy Farrant at YNAF championed the company’s work and programmed the company’s work in progress for the festival last year.
On the back of her work with YNAF as an emerging creative Minto has been approached by the board of the Young Norfolk Arts Trust to be their very first young trustee. On her trusteeship Minto says ‘It’s an honour to be approached by the YNAT board to become their first young trustee as I feel incredibly passionate about the potential of the festival having seen and been part of its growth over the last few years. I am very excited to represent young people and young creatives on the board and bring their voice to the table. This is an important step for the YNAT and I am delighted to be playing my part.’
As a theatre company with a regional focus and belief in the provision of arts for young people regionally, the collaboration between Orange Skies and YNAF has been incredibly positive, so it was without a doubt the perfect setting to premier In Addition in full.
In Addition is an urgent play with political bite, In Addition explores the ever looming possibility of a dismantled NHS within the lifetime of the millennial generation. Through physical theatre, innovative lighting design and bespoke underscore by YouTuber and musician Christopher ‘Bing’ Bingham, this new play is acutely awake to the world we live in now, but also the life we could be living without free healthcare.
Orange Skies’ ethos revolves around natural devising – allowing for real world issues to creep into our rehearsal room bringing them to life. This creates raw and versatile work that is both a socio-political commentary, that always stays relevant, and an exploration into the emotions a “disenfranchised youth” feel on a daily basis.
The company, founded in Norwich, is a collective of regional artists from various backgrounds with a plethora of creative palates. Daisy Minto, the artistic director and young trustee of the YNAT board, inhouse composer Christopher ‘Bing’ Bingham who grew up in a village outside Thetford and became a successful YouTuber amassing over 180,000 subscribes across his channels, alongside other company members, who originate from East Anglia, Berkshire and the Midlands, Orange Skies work is breeding ground for new talent, and invites space for young artists to explore their voice and their work in innovative ways. The company is supported by Gecko Theatre’s Associate Director Rich Rusk, and mentored by Tangled Feet Theatre as part of their Emerging Companies Mentoring Scheme. Orange Skies Theatre is described by Rich Rusk of Gecko Theatre as ‘A dynamic and creative small company, full of promise.’
In Addition has been previously performed as scratch and work in progress performances at The Garage Norwich, the Norwich Puppet Theatre, Pleasance Islington and Vault Festival London. This summer it will be coming to the Young Norfolk Arts Festival, the Kingston Youth International Arts Festival, Bedfringe and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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Stage 2 Theatre Royal, YNAF: 10th July 7pm; International Youth Theatre Kingston; 15th July 5pm Bedford Fringe Festival: 18th July 6pm
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