Burton Taylor was snug and welcoming as always, but it didn't stay
that way for long. The young actors soon brought to life the story
of Marky and his best friend Dig who live surrounded by violence
and aggression, not only from muggers but also from their peers.
stage was set in a park, spoilt by graffiti and litter, which became
the scene of their dilemma; do the friends go around the park to
school or do they cut across, risking mugging by the gang of older
lads in the playground half way?
of the group decide to go across and when a phone is stolen it sets
into motion a tragic series of events leading to Marky's stabbing.
Ultimately, the friends are left to deal with their grief and frustration
against a back drop of inaccurate media coverage, which attributes
the death to gang violence. Further friction builds within the group
as they argue over who is at fault and the controversial decision
of whether they should tell the truth about the events leading up
to his death.
community production by OUDS and Shell Connections gives the audience
an awakening glimpse into the bullying and fear endured by some
youngsters and how friendship and respect can survive against all
odds. The actors may be very new to this type of production but
they all gave strong, promising performances.
ran at the Burton Taylor from 15th - 17th March, but you can still
catch them at the Castle Arts Centre in Wellingborough for the regional
festival on the 11th April.
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