Leeds actors in training to perform for the first time in public

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Leeds Actors in Training (LAIT), a pilot theatre training project for young adults aged 18-25 run in collaboration with Leeds Grand Theatre, is set to perform its first production since it was founded in October 2017.

I am England by David Lane, a play inspired by Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and originally commissioned by the egg (Bath) in 2011, will be performed by eight cast members at Seven Arts, Leeds on Friday 6 July. Tickets can be booked online at www.sevenleeds.co.uk.

I Am England offers a unique perspective on political power, authoritarianism and social justice from the Brexit generation whose stories are yet to be written. It explores a once-proud nation that’s collapsed, and in their thirst for revenge, the Leader turns a local young man into a ‘poster boy’ for conscription.

Writer Lane explains: “I knew I wanted to write something political for teenagers to perform: something which explored their own views on patriotism, economics, inequality, disenfranchisement and Great Britain’s relationship with Europe in an imagined near-future. I had no idea back then just how near that future was.”

Lait’s Artistic Director, Lizi Patch, says: “As a director you look for stories that grab you, told by characters that jump off the page. As soon as I started reading I Am England I was gripped by the urgency of the piece and the dramatic possibilities for the actors in training.”

LAIT was developed in response to a call from young people ‘graduating’ youth theatre, but with little opportunity to continue their development as young artists. The year-long course, run by professional, working artists, is designed to develop participants vocally, physically and imaginatively, encouraging an independent and in-depth approach to the work providing a thorough grounding for the theatre profession.

For more information about LAIT contact Maria Spadafora, Creative Engagement Manager, atmaria.spadafora@leedsgrandtheatre.com or go to www.leedsgrandtheatre.com.

I Am England is at Seven Arts, Leeds, on Friday 6 July 2018. Tickets can be booked online at  www.sevenleeds.co.uk or on the door