Is there a connection between Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony and The Who’s Pinball Wizard? Well, the young people at Westacre Theatre are out to prove there is.
They are to perform The Musicians, a lively and humorous play aimed at anyone who has ever played air guitar. And isn’t that just about everyone?
Last autumn, Westacre Theatre were delighted to be invited as the only venue in West Norfolk to join in Connections 500, the National Theatre’s countrywide youth festival.
So, with coverage in Lynn News, Westacre Theatre held an open call for teenagers keen to perform in Patrick Marber’s play written especially for the National.
And now, in April, the chosen cast of 25 will give four performances on their home stage before the exciting opportunity of taking their production to an away venue.
Set on a concert hall stage, this deceptively simple play of hope, dreams and wonderful imagination tells of an English school orchestra at the European Festival of Youth in Moscow.
They are just hours away from playing the most important performance of their lives in front of an audience of cultural bigwigs when a complete showstopper hits them – their instruments are impounded at the airport!
Tension mounts … the only person willing to help is Alex, a young Russian cleaner at the hall.
Can his inspired solution save the day? He has a broom for a guitar and is a devout fan of all things rock.
As playwright Marber explained to Westacre Theatre director Sadie Grist: “Alex is a disadvantaged but utterly brilliant Russian kid who adores singing English pop songs.
“The English youngsters are performing Russian music. It’s a cultural exchange – a shaking of hands.”
Sadie commented: “For us, this play reflects so well the inclusive ethos that Westacre Theatre stands for.”
Local audiences are invited to go along and see how an entente cordiale is consummated – East and West joined together in their music.
Marber added: “For adults watching the play, there is the sweet nostalgia of youth. For the children, a sense of fun and wanting to be part of it.”
Performances open at Westacre on Saturday, April 2 at 7pm; continue on Sunday, April 3 at 5pm and 7pm; and again on Sunday, April 17 at 7pm.
Booking online is open at www.westacretheatre.com or you can call 01760 755800.