Forty Five Minutes

About National Theatre Connections:
Each year, National Theatre Connections commissions ten of the UK’s leading contemporary playwrights to write a script especially for 13 – 19 year olds. A number of schools and youth theatres are selected to stage their interpretation of one of these plays, supported at every stage by directors from the NT. Each group will eventually present their work as part of the NT Connections Festival at one of several leading theatres nationwide – so please show your support by joining us at The Soho Theatre, London, at 7pm on Friday 3rd May, where we will be performing Forty-Five Minutes again in a double-bill with Marshall Park School’s interpretation of Jim Cartwright’s Mobile Phone Show.

About Cloakroom Theatre:
Cloakroom Theatre was established in 2012, as a way of getting new graduates of drama schools and conservatoires working with young people. This bright idea has a dual purpose – not only does it provide a creative platform for the graduates, but it also helps inspire young people to go on making performance despite increased threats to the arts in education. Forty-Five Minutes is our first ever production.

About the Writer:
Anya Reiss is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme. Her debut play, Spur of the Moment (which she wrote aged 17), was shown at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, and was awarded Best New Play at the 2010 TMA Awards. Anya herself has been awarded the Most Promising Playwright Award at the 2010 Evening Standard Awards, and Most Promising Playwright at the 2010 Critics’ Circle Awards. Since then, she has also presented work at the Bush Theatre, and Southwark Playhouse.

Creative Team:

Helen Barwick (Director):
Helen is founder and director of Cloakroom Theatre. When not directing, she also works at the Barbican Centre, London, and teaches Drama for LAMDA examinations at the KJ Academy of Arts. She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2012, with a First Class BA (Hons) Theatre Practice: Performance Arts. Helen is a former pupil of the King John School.

Zoe Spurr (Lighting Designer):

Zoe graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2012. Since then she has been touring the UK and Middle East with Dora the Explorer, whilst also designing small- scale theatre around the country in between touring performances. Recent designs include Cosi Fan Tutte at the Shelley Theatre, Cabaret for Charterhouse School and The Dolls of New Albion at the Oval House theatre.

Billy Castle (Nathan)
Reece Beale (Darrel)
Amelia Bowles (Alex)
Mollie Arif (Georgie)
Laura Goldsmith (Katie)
Hannah Copeland (Tash)
Chloe Tyler (Lara)
Megan Condon (Sophie)
Rebecca Sturges (Louise)
Aiden Sussex (Michael)

Student Technical Team:
Kirstie Reid
Hannah Millard
Daniel Lee

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