The Circus Of Life And Death (LTB24)

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The Lemon Tree
5 West North Street
AB24 5AT

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by Ross MacKay

Aberdeen Performing Arts Youth Theatre

The Flying Volansos are known globally as one of the most famous trapeze acts around. Counting an amazing ensemble of circus performers as her family, young Robin Volanso is destined to follow in her parents’ footsteps. But when Robin’s world is turned upside down, she goes on a journey that will take her to death and beyond.

A new theatrical trilogy written especially for and with Aberdeen Performing Arts Youth Theatre, featuring:

Junior Youth Theatre, directed by Michelle Bruce and assistant directed by Hannah Davidson

Intermediate Youth Theatre, directed by Lynsay Wilson and assistant directed by Sam Allan

Senior Youth Theatre, directed by Sarah Ord and assistant directed by Sam Allan

Featuring music specially composed by Beats & Rhymes, our group of young music producers.

Running time: approximately 90 minutes

APA YT Writer Commission:

This performance is the culmination of a 9-month creative process. Ross MacKay was commissioned to create a new play for Aberdeen Performing Arts Youth Theatre, The Circus Of Life And Death being the result of a number of research and development sessions with the youth theatre participants. This project has been centred around young people having an active role in the creation of a brand new play.

Ross MacKay:

Ross is an award-winning writer. His adaptation of Treasure Island garnered 5-star reviews during its run at Cumbernauld Theatre. He is currently under commission with Toonspeak, Light The Blue Festival and Play Pie and a Pint. He is currently artist on attachment with the National Theatre of Scotland.

Ross was previously artistic director of Tortoise in a Nutshell. His productions toured all over the world and received numerous prestigious awards including a Scotsman Fringe First and a Critic’s Pick from The New York Times.

Outside of theatre, Ross has two tv shows under option and has two published books with another two due to be released in 24/25.

Free, with option to donate to future youth arts activities

Our multi-artform festival created for young people, by young people. Taking place this June across various city venues, Light the Blue is an electrifying line up of theatre, dance, music, film, circus and more.

The festival features a series of collaborations with organisations from around Scotland and beyond including Scottish Youth Theatre, Imaginate , Big Noise Torry and many more , with young performers rubbing shoulders with professional artists in a true celebration of the perfor m ing arts.

So take a look at our line-up and get ready to join in for a week of inspirational and fun activities!


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