Tiebreak, the Norwich-based touring theatre in education company, has received Pounds 4,000 from the Arts Council to fund Neil Duffield as its first writer-in-residence. Duffield, whose most recent work was an adaptation of The Secret Garden for the Polka Theatre, will be writing two new plays for Tiebreak during his six-month residency.
The first, Breaking the Rules, deals with bullying and will tour middle and high schools next term. The second is to be a project for young people with special needs and is scheduled for next summer. For more information, ring Alison Smith at Tiebreak on 01603 435209.
The playfully and aptly named Really Youthful Theatre Company makes its debut with John Godber's Teechers from June 24 to July 5 at the Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, Turnham Green, Chiswick, west London. Director Christopher Chilton started the company when he was 15 as a way for him and his friends to get involved in drama. A few years down the road, with a three-year stint at LAMDA behind him, his company launches itself with Godber's play about a fresh, young drama teacher, which he called "a comedy with a serious underbelly." Bookings on 0181 995 6035.
The intensely youthful Sheffield Youth Theatre tours venues around the country with its production of The Tempest. This season marks the 20th year of the company's existence under the indefatigable and impassioned direction of Meg Jepson. Take the opportunity of seeing this very different kind of youth theatre in action at Chatsworth House Gardens, Derbyshire, on June 28, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield on July 4, 5, The Manor "Castle", Sheffield, on July 12 and Art in Action, Waterperry Gardens, Oxford on July 17-20. Bookings on 0114 288 2929.
Enjoy yourself at the theatre and do your bit to raise money for an exciting new venture that could bring the magic of making drama to the lives of young East Enders. Theatretrain, a performing arts training organisation for young people presents The Long and Winding Road, a musical story of the Beatles at a charity gala on Sunday. It is part of an appeal to raise money for a children's theatre in London's East End, where children get a chance to make theatre as well as watch it. The performance takes place at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, WC2. For more details, ring Theatretrain's artistic director, Kevin Dowsett, on 0181 554 8674.