Big cast of youngsters explore the after life
MORE than 120 local children will take to the stage at Bristol Old Vic tonight to celebrate what it means to be alive.
The jaw-dropping sized cast, almost all aged between six and 25 and members of the theatre's Young Company, are performing The Life After, a new production asking what lies beyond the here and now.
The Life After follows a young boy who won't let his mother go and battles death into a nutshell.
Along the way, the show explores loss, death and change and celebrates what it means to be alive.
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This ambitious production, which takes place at the Old Vic's newly refurbished Georgian auditorium tonight until Saturday, was largely devised by the children themselves.
The Young Company, which boasts a full-time membership of 340 young people, performed a small "prelude" version of the show in the Studio last season and it was a sell-out.
Now they're quadrupling the cast and reclaiming the theatre stage for a production to rival their acclaimed 2009 production BRAVE.
The Young Company have been creating something of a storm around the country in recent years, winning awards and being invited to perform at the National in London.
It is now the largest Young Company in the UK outside of London.