Hard-hitting show at Sheringham Little Theatre

Luke McCulloch, who plays James in the play Blackout.

Luke McCulloch, who plays James in the play Blackout. - Credit: Archant

A hard-hitting one-man show aimed at teenagers and young adults will be coming to a community theatre next week.

Blackout, written by Scottish writer Davey Anderson, will be performed by the Norwich-based theatre company Second Side at Sheringham Little Theatre on Friday April 19 at 7.30pm.

The play is a true story and starts with a teenager called James, who is charged with attempted murder and is in a prison cell.

Luke McCulloch, 22, from Norwich, plays the one and only character in the 45-minute production.

The play then focuses on James as he tries to piece together the events in his life that brought him into a secure care unit.

Director Warren Catherine said the play had a good ending.

He added: 'It is quite hard-hitting and emotional but it is also quite life-affirming. It packs an emotional punch.'

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Presented through a fusion of scripted dialogue, visual imagery, physicality and live and recorded music, the play shows James waking to find himself in a police cell with no memory of how or why he came to be there.

As the story of violence, heroism and loss unfolds, the troubled teenager tells his tale with engaging energy and honest brutality.

Over the past few weeks Blackout has been performed to at least 60 pupils at Reepham High School and College, Acle Academy and Aylsham High School.

After the production, students took part in workshops to perform their own versions of the first four scenes. They also gave their feedback to the director.

Mr Catherine said different elements of the pupils' versions were used in the production, which will be shown at Sheringham.

The play, aimed at 14 to 25 year olds, will also be performed at the Platform Theatre at Norwich City College tomorrow at 7.30pm and The Garage in Norwich on Friday May 10 at 7.30pm.

Debbie Thompson, director of the theatre, said the production was a dark yet imaginative play that brought something different to this season's programme.

She said: 'Second Slide is a very innovative and imaginative theatre company and I am very excited about them performing at the Little Theatre.'

Second Side was set up three years ago and aims to put on shows for 14 to 25 year olds, to attract younger people to the theatre.

Members of the company are from across Norfolk, including Great Yarmouth, South Walsham and Norwich.

Second Side will be putting on another production this year called How to Curse, written by Ian McHugh.

Auditions will be held in July and August.

For more information or for tickets call 01263 822347 or visit www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

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