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What’s Done Is Done

CAN Young Artists take on Macbeth, debut production at HOME, March 19th

What's Done Is Done

As part of the World Stages Festival in association with the Young Vic and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Community Arts North West (CAN) and HOME bring you a brand new piece of theatre created by a new young company aged 12-18, with members spanning seven Manchester neighbourhoods.

Trish is sick of being the outsider, looking down from her window watching all her schoolmates having fun, she decides to do something about it. As events take a gruesome turn for the worst, she is forced on a harrowing journey through the hell of her own making.

As she struggles to find normality she is helped and hindered by a loudmouth little brother, a demon drummer, a host of nightmare creatures and a mystic in fluffy slippers.

A bold new piece created and performed by CAN Young Artists, What’s Done Is Done will take you down and deep into the darkness, then guide you back into the light at the end of the tunnel.

Taking inspiration from Macbeth, one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, the piece sets a contemporary narrative against the plays’ classic themes. Power, guilt and the supernatural are explored through dance, music, movement and drama; as the ensemble asks, “How far would you go to get the respect of your peers?”

The final production took place at HOME on 19th March 2016.

More about the project

What’s Done is Done is the first production of CAN’s new 3 year Manchester based Young People’s programme.

Supported by Children in Need, it aims to provide quality cultural production opportunities, personal and creative development for young people aged 12 to 18 years from diverse communities including young people new to the region.

HOME have partnered up with CAN to produce a brand new piece of theatre with a group of talented young people from across Manchester. The project started back in September 2015 with outreach sessions to enable us to build a young company aged 12-18. called CYA (CAN YOUNG ARTISTS)

The group took part in workshops every Thursday at STUN’S studio based at Z-Arts in Hulme before moving to HOME in 2016 to begin rehearsals for their performance.

The piece of performance is inspired by one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Macbeth and includes movement, drama and live music.

The project is in association with the Young Vic in London and Birmingham Repertory Theatre who have produced equivalent pieces of performance with young people inspired by the performance of Macbeth that is touring to each venue.

The Manchester group recently went on a trip to London to visit the Young Vic group and watch their performance. They were all incredibly impressed by the work the young people in London had produced and were inspired to get stuck into rehearsals for their own piece back in Manchester.

You can find information on this page about the upcoming performance, the team involved as well as photos, videos and blogs documenting the process. You can also keep up to date with CAN’s blog about the project here.

CYA@HOME has included opportunities to:

• Take part in an intensely creative programme of workshops in Drama, Freestyle Movement and Dance, Spoken Word and music, working with inspirational arts leaders.

• Shape and perform an original and exciting contemporary theatre production in Manchester’s new iconic arts venue, HOME.

• Make new friends and work as part of a close knit team.

• Improve knowledge of theatre and careers in this industry.

• Receive reduced price and free tickets for great theatre shows at HOME.

• Gain a Bronze and Silver Arts Award

• 5 young people who are also interested in learning about how to shape and put on a production, have been able to join our ‘YOUNG PRODUCERS’ group add  to develop their production and leadership skills.

• Visit the Young Vic Theatre in London and Birmingham Rep Theatre to see productions created by other young performers around the same themes.

Sessions are free and all young people receive travel expenses, disability access support where needed and refreshments.

If you want to know more about the project and/or are interested in taking part in next years project, please contact the project manager, Magdalen Bartlett, who can tell you more about the programme and answer any questions you may have. magdalen@can.uk.com 0161 234 2980/0161 234 2975 or 07456437613

– See more on the HOME website.

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