The Tilbury Tightrope a great success

THURROCK’S young people wowed audiences with their talents at the London Cruise Terminal last weekend. In creating their new show, Tilbury Tightrope, the young cast have worked with professional theatre crew from it’s our theatre and the Royal Opera House Thurrock.

Tilbury Tightrope is a new production created by young people from Thurrock for everyone in Thurrock. 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 production is based on the novel Tightrope by Gillian Cross, writer of the Demon Headmaster. Gillian travelled to Tilbury on the Saturday night to support the young people in their new performance.

The show transformed the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury into a unique performance space for the weekend. On Saturday evening alongside Tilbury Tightrope we saw young people and professional hip hop artists throwdown their skills in the Slam Night, co-ordinated by local young entrepreneur Jordan Bull, part of the Frontline Crew. On Sunday the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus used the acoustics of the Cruise Liner Terminal to perform a number of works concluding with the Rhythm of Life.

The young performers, Theatre is…, The Port of Tilbury, the Royal Opera House and The Gateway Academy are discussing how this unique partnership can continue to create the highest quality performances in Thurrock for Thurrock throughout 2012.

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