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Not the End of the World - Youth Music Theatre UK

5 reasons why YMT’s Not the End of the World will be better than Darren Aronofsky’s Noah

29/07/14

Although 40 days and 40 nights of rain sounds like a typical British summer it was evidently more of a big deal in biblical times! But with the theme of climate change looming over the world like a tidal wave this biblical tale has caught the imagination of both YMT and those on the sun scorched hills of Hollywood.

YMT’s Not the End of the World is a brand new interpretation of Noah’s mythic story based on the novel by Geraldine McCaughrean, winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award (2004). Told from the perspective of the Ark’s animal cargo this is a bold adaptation of the brutal saga.

With Darren Aronofsky’s Noah being released yesterday it feels like the perfect time to decide once and for all whether Hollywood or YMT hosts the best apocalypse!

#1 Timeframe

Filming for Noah began 20 months before its release this April. Not the End of the World will be devised and performed in just 2 weeks this August. Get it together Hollywood!

#2 Budget

The budget for Noah: 125,000,000! Budget for YMT: 40,000x less. Is their ark made of gold? Personal champagne fountains for all the elephants? You could put all the animals on a luxury cruise for that and still have money left over to give Russel Crow some much needed singing lessons.

#3 Celebrity Endorsements

Crow and Aronofsky have been hounding clerics in search of a religious endorsement for their new film. The pair stopped just short of carjacking the Popemobile.  They may have the Archbishop on their side… but we’ve got Ed Sheeran.

Ed Sheran: "At YMT I realised I love performing. Audition NOW - just go for it!"

#4 Casting

Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender were both offered a role in Noah, but they declined due to scheduling conflicts. Conversely both actors applied to YMT’s Not the End of the World, but we were forced to turn them down due to the age restriction.

#5 Songs!

Crow’s grim prehistoric sailor would undoubtedly have been cheered up with some rousing sea shanties. But alas it was not to be. Whereas YMT knows that when an apocalyptic quantity of rain pours down, sometimes all you can do is…

So round up your neighbourhood’s household pets, an apocalyptic quantity of animal feed and join YMT this August for an unforgettable voyage to the end of the world and back.

Buy your tickets here!

Plymouth: Barbican Theatre
Friday, 29 August 2014 - 7:30pm
Saturday, 30 August 2014 - 2:30pm
Saturday, 30 August 2014 - 7:30pm
Miss Julie / Black Comedy

Miss Julie / Black Comedy - Review by Guy Conroy-Smith

26/07/14

Miss Julie: **** (4 Stars)
Black Comedy: ***** (5 Stars)

Minerva, Chichester Festival Theatre - 15 July, 2014

MISS JULIE:

Rebecca Lenkiewicz's adaptation of Miss Julie (originally written by August Strindberg) proves to be intense, intriguing and volatile. Rosalie Craig brilliantly portrays the eccentric, temperamental and demanding Miss Julie, daughter of the Count of the Manor house, (previously played by Maggie Smith at the Chichester Festival Theatre). Between her terrible tantrums, Craig shows the dangerous uncertainty of her own self worth. This comes to light  as Jean (Sean Evans), a valet, takes full advantage as their forbidden love affair leads to the couple unable to continue living in the Count's manor house. Their plan to move to Northern Italy to run a hotel seems their only way of escape. Meanwhile, Kristen (Emma Handy), the cook, observes the madness of the situation, being the voice of reason and aptly shows the struggle the lower class.

Director, Jamie Glover, previously credited as an actor at CFT proves to know exactly how to please the audience as the Farm Workers' drunken dance was equally bawdy as it was a refreshing relief from the complications between Miss Julie and Jean's conflicting intentions.

The entire cast performed wonderfully and as the relationship between Miss Julie and Jean is at the core of the performance, both Craig and Evans should be credited for such a strong performance. Between Miss Julie's tantrums she shows how insecure and unsure she is of her own self worth as her submissive attitude toward Jean allows him to take full advantage of her. The chemistry between the actors was fascinating. A very strong performance by both the cast and creative team.

BLACK COMEDY:

Following Peter Shaffer's prior success of Black Comedy at Chichester Festival Theatre, Director Jamie Glover, provides a fantastic evening where I left totally exhausted after laughing so hard for the entire performance. Glover's Black Comedy is the best comedy I have seen as I was continually laughing like a hyena throughout and close to tears on many occasions.

The stage is set in Brindsley Miller's (Paul Ready) apartment in mid 1960s South Kensington. When suddenly an electrical fuse blows and the characters are set in complete darkness. Glover had obviously spent a vast amount of time making sure the cast were realistically lost in the dark which each cast member did tremendously.

Ready's performance as Brindsley was fantastically hectic and a flawlessly terrible host at his cocktail party. As Brindsley awaits a millionaire, George Bamberger (Samuel Dutton) to arrive to purchase one of Brindsley's sculptures. Brindsley also has to conceal antique furniture from which he stole from his neighbour; Harold Gorringe (Shaun Evans) who was brilliantly snooty. Brindsley's girlfriend Carol Melkett (Robyn Addison) had an impressive squeaky voice, which added one more element to her fabulous character. Brindsley's elderly neighbour, Miss Furnival (Marcia Warren), stood out with her brilliant random drunken rant which had me rolling in my seat.

I wish I could say each character stood out without rewriting another cliché but truthfully they all did, each cast member had such a strong comedic presence; all I can suggest is that it is a must-see!

Miss Julie / Black Comedy are running at the Chichester Festival Theatre until 9 August - book here: http://www.cft.org.uk/5014/MISS-JULIE-BLACK-COMEDY/623