Opportunities for youngsters to showcase work

Rehearsal photographs from the Lincoln Company's upcoming production of Mike Leigh's play, "Abigail's Party". ANL-140506-154914001
Rehearsal photographs from the Lincoln Company's upcoming production of Mike Leigh's play, "Abigail's Party". ANL-140506-154914001

News from the South Holland Centre

As regular readers of this column will know, at the South Holland Centre we love to encourage young artists and performers.

One of the ways we do this is by offering them lots of opportunities to showcase their work.

And audiences always enjoy seeing these shows, appreciating the astonishing talent and passion that Lincolnshire’s young performers and producers bring to the stage.

Over the next few weeks the Centre plays host to a plethora of productions presented by young people.

In July these include end of year shows from Spalding-based Limelight Youth Theatre and Spalding School of Dance, as well as a 10th anniversary show by Ministry of Dance from Deeping St James.

Up before that are two shows in June, with a bit of a difference.

For the first time, The Lincoln Company, an award-winning group formed from students and graduates of the theatre course at Lincoln University, will bring one of their productions to the Centre. Their chosen play is Mike Leigh’s classic satire Abigail’s Party which is here on Thursday.

This play became an instant hit when it first appeared in 1977 with its darkly comic setting of suburban nouveau-riche Essex. Here a polite soiree lauded over by monstrous kaftan-clad hostess Beverley, spins out of control to the sounds of package holiday favourite Demis Roussos. The company are keeping the setting firmly in the 70s and are keen to introduce its black comedy to a new generation.

Come along and see if you can spot a star of the future – the next Alison Steadman perhaps?

Then later in the month, Neon Youth Theatre, who meet weekly at the South Holland Centre, will be presenting their new show Real to Reel.

This group create their own productions from scratch, under the guidance of their leaders from Zest Theatre company. Their original story this year involves space travel, time, school holiday boredom and teenagers living in a small town! Shows are on Thursday, June 26 and Saturday, June 28. All the tickets for Neon’s show are free (donations optional).

We want as many people as possible to see what Lincolnshire’s young people are capable of.