CAN Young Artists@HOME devised The Dream Collector

Directed by Courtney Hayles and David Cuong Nguyen

Written by David Cuong Nguyen, David Kelman and CYA@HOME

Dramaturge: Jude Christian

Assistant Director: Hannah Calascione

Composer: Remi Adefeyisan

Company Stage Manager: Jamie Byron

Lighting Technician: Yvette Sedgley

Stage Technician: Dave Doyle

Project Assistant: Chloe Hooton

CAN Producer: James Shaw

HOME Producer: Rosie Stuart

CAN Creative Director: Stella Barnes

HOME Head of Engagement: Marisa Draper

In 2019, CAN Young Actors@HOME created The Dream Collector, an ensemble piece of theatre, together with writer David Cuong Nguyen.

13 Apr 2019

Inspired by The Ballard of Tam Lin, CAN Young Artists@HOME explored – through music, mask and ensemble work – the hopes and aspirations they have for their futures to challenge the views of a society that wants to limit them.

“The Queen of Dreams has sharp eyes. She sees a dream that’s there for the taking, clasped in our hands. Pinned to our hearts. She is waiting for the moment when we have to let them go.”

Marina has big dreams for the future whereas Remelle has just one small hope left. Can Marina and her friends help Remelle and others like him to defeat the Queen of Dreams and imagine new futures?

Explore the Flickr album of the project here.

Photography by Shirlaine Forrest.

The Dream Collector had two performances at HOME on Saturday 13 April 2019.

CAN Young Artists@HOME was generously supported by Young Manchester, The Peter Kershaw Charitable Trust, and the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.