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13th February 2012 YEP

Inaugural Young Everyman Playhouse production has lift-off with Intimate at Camp and Furnace.

The first production from Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP), the Everyman and Playhouse’s initiative for 11 to 25-year-olds, will launch a season of events by young people this spring. Intimate, a site-specific promenade performance featuring scenes and snapshots of what war means to young people, will take place at Camp and Furnace, Greenland Street from 24 to 26 February.

Intimate is a devised piece that has been created by the YEP Young Actors with directors Matt Rutter and Chris Tomlinson. Based on real life stories and research, the production explores young people’s experiences and understanding of war in Afghanistan. Whether that be serving in the forces, waiting for a loved on to return or figuring out what a war on the other side of the world actually means. Intimate gives audiences the chance to walk in the footsteps of young people throughout the performance.

This immersive theatrical journey positions audiences at the centre of the action as scenes take place around them and stories are shared. Although audience members could find themselves sat at a table with the cast they will not be expected to interact with them. The unique setting in Camp and Furnace will be used to its full extent as the Young Actors lead theatregoers around the building in spaces ranging from intimate rooms to cavernous chambers.

Intimate will be an insightful and up-close experience with people able to book for performances where the audience members will either be one person, five people or ten people depending on how they would like to interact with the production.

YEP Young Technicians continue their development with support of Intimate in a production that will include evocative lighting, soundscapes, music and video projection that matches the scale and ambition of the overall production.

This spring there will be three further productions by the YEP Young Actors, including You Are Being Watched at Static Gallery, Excuse Me? – a promenade piece around Albert Dock – and Illyria, written by Bryony Lavery which will be performed in the Playhouse Studio in April.

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