Transport Theatre ran a Young Company at the Quarterhouse during the summer holidays where 15 young people got the opportunity to work together and create a new piece that is set to become a play.
Alongside Transport, the 16 to 23 year-olds have recorded a piece called The Edge, a meditation on what it means to live by the sea.
This audio explores narratives from the Kent Coast, raiding personal stories, Kent and sea literature, news events and historical narratives.
Young people to influence professional production
"The company worked together collecting, looking at and writing narratives about the sea and in partcular the sea and Folkestone.
"It was a chance to reflect on our relationship with the sea anew. Then we developed performance skills and crafted the piece together, seeing how different stories could connect.
"The idea was to allow some space to think about our environment." said Director Douglas Rintoul.
Known locally and internationally for their award winning reimagining of Shakespeare’s ‘As you Like it’ and the modern adaption of Arabian Nights for young people with ‘1001 Nights’, Transport will use the audio to influence the making of a professional production, which will tour the UK and Kent next year.
"The company brought a brilliant energy to the room and their particular perspective on their environment and experience of their environment as the future generation responsible for it will profundly shape our future work." said Douglas.