A group of young performers from Aberdeen will bring their play inspired by the city to the Lemon Tree tonight.
The Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) Youth Theatre have teamed up with the Echo Theatre Company from Bristol for the performance tonight, which is part of The Tin Forest project.
Inspired by the bestselling book of the same name by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson, The Tin Forest is one of the National Theatre of Scotland’s most ambitious projects to date.
This initiative – part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme – aims to showcase the best of Scottish culture alongside creative work from across the Commonwealth.
The show will see the APA Youth Theatre perform their play, entitled Bubble Wrap, while the Echo Theatre Company, will perform their partner show, The Wild Men.
The plays were part of a larger project which saw 10 youth theatres from across the Commonwealth perform at a Glasgow’s South Rotunda.
Claire Davidson, drama development co-ordinator at APA – and Bubble Wrap’s director – said: “We have just performed down in Glasgow. It was really great, there were 10 youth theatres from around the Commonwealth and APA and Bristol were two of these.
“There were four Scottish groups in total there. The play was created by the groups themselves inspired by a line from The Tin Forest.”
The Aberdeen performers are all aged between 16 and 20, and took to the streets of the Granite City for inspiration for their play.
Ms Davidson, 27, added: “They created all the material. They interviewed people on the streets of Aberdeen and used that to create the piece.
“They have decided to look at imagery, friends and creativity, and the role it plays in our lives as we age.
“They look at what it is to be a young person, and how that affects how we view creativity.”
She said: “They are all at different stages of life, so that makes it quite interesting.”
The performance at the Aberdeen venue will be the second – and last time – Bubble Wrap will be performed in front of a live audience.
Ms Davidson said: “It’s a lovely piece of theatre, we’re really happy to share it with an Aberdeen audience, it will be the last time we play it so it will be a wee bit sad.”
The performance takes place tonight from 7.30pm.