THE dark gothic fantasy of Gormenghast comes to the stage tonight and tomorrow in the Theatre Royal’s Summer School production of Mervyn Peake’s classic.
The dark brooding story of the Machiavellian world of Steerpike as he wreaks his destruction on the ancient Groan family in the crumbling castle of Gormenghast is performed by a cast of 13 to 21 year olds after just two weeks of rehearsal.
Directed by the Theatre Royal’s community officer Amy Wyllie, the summer school is run by the theatre’s creative learning department.
Ms Whyllie said: “Creating a production in two weeks is always a really exciting challenge for our summer school cast, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity for them to get an experience of what a professional rehearsal process is like.
“It’s incredible hard work but also great fun – after all the preparations of auditioning planning and designing costume, we can’t wait toget up on stage and show the audience what an exciting production our fantastic team has put together.”