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Young actors from Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds take on ambitious summer project

The Theatre Royal are holding an ambitious summer school theatre project where the young cast and crew plan and rehearse Great Expectations in just two weeks before putting on the show at the theatre.

The Theatre Royal are holding an ambitious summer school theatre project where the young cast and crew plan and rehearse Great Expectations in just two weeks before putting on the show at the theatre.

A Bury St Edmunds theatre is staging a musical theatre production of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations - for which its young cast and crew have just two weeks to rehearse.

Members of the Theatre Royal Summer School, aged 13 to 21, are rehearsing intensely at West Suffolk College ahead of two shows at the theatre on August 23 and 24.

Director Amy Wyllie said: “This production has been on my shelf for a long time. It is a bit epic, and very challenging.

“It simulates what a professional rehearsal would be like. Doing it intensively, everyone buys into it and really bonds.”

Assistant director David Bolwell, 19, is a Creative Young Associate at the theatre who now dreams of a career in directing.

“With acting you get a massive ego boost after the event, but with directing you get that all the way through,” he said.

 

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