End half term on a tightrope!

The most talented performers for Thurrock will be ending this half term with a flourish as they perform their new production the Tilbury Tightrope on the 29th and 30th October.

Tilbury Tightrope is a new production created by young people from Thurrock for everyone in Thurrock. It’s a thriller based on Gillian Cross’s popular novel, telling the story of 14 yr old Ashley, daredevil, heroine, young carer and brilliant graffiti artist. It is a timely modern day parable illustrating the power of art and self-determination to enlighten and unite fragmented communities.

The show is being created to be performed in the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury. Tilbury Tightrope mixes theatre and hip hop, but also explodes into lindy hop, song writing, and animation– the talented young performers put their community at the centre of this (honestly) unique dramatic production.

Thanks to partnerships with The Port of Tilbury, the Royal Opera House and The Gateway Academy who continue to invest both time and money into the young people of Thurrock; Tilbury Tightrope gives young performers the rare opportunity to work with an artistic team which combines extensive professional experience with exciting emerging artists. Lead by director, Stuart Mullins; writer Anna Reynolds; designer, choreographer Helen Parlor, with the urban artists from It’s Our Theatre: B girl, performer and dance teacher, Sunsun; singer/songwriter David Harks; and Sri Mackinnon, one of Britain’s few female graffiti artists.

The young performers are rehearsing with the professionals at The Gateway Academy and the London Cruise Liner Terminal for all of the week building up to the performances.

Tilbury Tightrope is more than just a show it’s a community event and on each night audiences get two performances for the price of one! On Saturday the performance will also includes a Halloween Slam Night where young people and professional performers will throwdown in a hip hop style. On Sunday we’re delighted to perform Tilbury Tightrope followed by a performance from the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus.

Thameside Theatre, 0845 300 5264 http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/theatre/

Tickets are £8 or just £5 for young people and other concessions

Performances: Saturday 29 October 7pm Sunday 30 October 7p

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