Greenfield Youth Theatre performed “We Lost Elijah” by Ryan Craig on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th March. The performance was part of the National Theatre ‘Connections’ – a nationwide celebration of new plays for and about young people, with new plays commissioned and performances every year by youth theatres all over the UK.
“We Lost Elijah” tells the story of the disappearance of Elijah, whose older brother and friends were charged with getting him home safely while the riots were raging. Somehow though, somewhere on the route, something happened and they didn’t make it home together. The play explores several themes including identity, manipulation, self-doubt, self-esteem, acceptance, rejection and deceit.
Advanced Skills Teacher for Drama at Greenfield Community College, Lesley Watt, said “I chose this play as I knew it would be challenging and interesting. I was certainly ‘hooked’ the first time I read it. I felt this young and inspiring cast would relate to the complex issues it explores.”
Anna Jones, a director from National Theatre, came to watch the play on the Wednesday evening and discussed the performance afterwards with the cast and director/producer Lesley Watt. Anna was very impressed with the quality of the acting, the interpretation and the set design.
All those who attended the performances enjoyed and appreciated the performances by the talented cast, well done to all involved. On Thursday 25th April at 7pm the play will be performed at Northern Stage in Newcastle.
Well done to the Greenfield students and Miss Watt!