I'M SPILLING MY HEART OUT HERE
CONNECTIONS 500 FESTIVAL, ★★★★
25-27TH FEB, MOVE, EXETER; 21ST APR, THE DRUM, THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH; 6TH JUL, DORFMAN THEATRE, NATIONAL THEATRE.
Directed by Lucy Hirst, assisted by Katherine Stevens
In September '15 TYP set out on their biggest project to date. Allocated Stacey Gregg's 'I'm Spilling My Heart Out Here' by the National Theatre, the young company consisting of nine actors aged 11-16 and a production team of six all aged under 24 years, began to devise an original adaptation to be performed in both Exeter and Plymouth in the new year.
The play sought to capture that very particular moment in time when people still considered as children are navigating very adult situations and feelings alongside intense friendships. As the character's bodies and minds begin to come undone, the play enters a more surreal space.
Focusing on an abstract interpretation, TYP transformed their stage into an industrial inspired landscape constructed from plastic sheeting, corrugated plastic panels, drainpipe structures and canvas flooring. Without leaving the stage for the full duration, the company of nine actors proceeded to cover the stage and themselves with large quantities of paint as the play progressed, creating an original piece of artwork live for their audiences every evening. Performed to electronic music and with great use of physical transitions, the adaptation aimed to create a world of it's own where the traumas of it's characters left physical stains within the space.
Performed in an underground club in Exeter, the show received four star ratings before transferring to the Drum stage at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. In July 2016 TYP were invited to perform their adaptation at the National Theatre's Dorfman stage as one of just 11 companies out of the 500 participating youth theatres across the UK.
In October 2016 the company received a Devon Performance Award for 'Best Amateur Show.'
"A roaring fire of a piece" ★★★★ - The Peg Review