Perfect Circle is a youth Theatre Company, based at the Cube. We asked Director Lee Farley to tell us more about his dynamic company, who work with young people aged 9 to 18. This is what Lee told us…
“Perfect Circle Youth Theatre celebrated their 14th birthday on the 15th November. For virtually all of those 14 years, the company’s youth theatre home has been Malvern Cube, although it was still plain old Malvern Youth Centre when we first started using the space!
In those 14 years, we have worked with hundreds of young people to create productions, workshops, events, and all sorts of weird and wonderful drama and theatre happenings. We’ve performed all over the place, from Warwick Arts Centre to the Millennium Centre to outside Waitrose. We were involved in last year’s Malvern Pride, we have created work for local community projects, and we can’t wait to get back to performing live for our brilliant audiences again!
Our next production will be ‘Find A Partner!’ by Miriam Battye, a comic satire about love, relationships, and reality TV. We very much hope to be sharing it with a live audience at the Cube in March. ‘Find A Partner!’ is part of the National Theatre Connections project, an amazing celebration of youth theatre which we are involved in for the 12th time – previous productions include ‘The Sad Club’ by Luke Barnes, ‘Blank’ by Alice Birch, ‘Zero! For The Young Dudes’ by Alastair McDowell, and ‘Pronoun’ by Evan Placey. Connections tells modern, honest stories written specifically for young people. The National Theatre provide amazing writers, directors, and workshop leaders to support the project. Rufus Norris described Connections as “the jewel in the crown” of the National. It’s a brilliant project and we can’t wait to get stuck into this year’s play!
In addition to Connections plays, we perform devised work and work written by members of the company. We have also regularly created modern Shakespeare productions, including our promenade version of ‘The Tempest’ at Elmslie House, our traverse ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at St Peter’s Church, and our 1980s power ballad – themed ‘Twelfth Night’ at the Cube.
We definitely feel part of the Cube community. We have linked up with other user groups in the past, and Lee was part of the original group of volunteers who became trustees and oversaw the transformation from Youth Centre to Cube. Perfect Circle love being connected to such a nurturing, vital, exciting community. Everyone at the Cube has been so supportive of our productions and our regular sessions. Long may the relationship last!
We’re always keen to hear from anyone who might be interested in getting involved; performers, directors, writers, film-makers, designers, technicians…. We have two age groups of youth theatre at the Cube: Tuesdays 5 – 6.30pm 9-13 year olds; Mondays and Wednesdays 5.30 – 7.30pm 13-18 year olds. Drop us a message if you’re interested – contact details below….
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Lee 07800 892840