THE ALMEIDA YOUNG COMPANY PRESENT FROM THE GROUND UP AT SHOREDITCH TOWN HALL
FROM THE GROUND UP
by Joeri Smet
directed by Christopher Elmer-Gorry
developed entirely by young people aged 16-25
The Ditch, Shoreditch Town Hall
Thursday 4 – Saturday 6 August
This original immersive production from the Almeida Young Company examines political identity, the battle between public and private personas and the human need to belong.
Developed entirely by young people aged 16-25 alongside industry professionals from the Almeida Theatre and Joeri Smet, founding member of acclaimed Belgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed, this bold new production is presented in The Ditch, directed by Almeida Participation Associate Christopher Elmer-Gorry.
Every element of this production will be worked on in collaboration with young people aged 16 – 25. Every professional, from creative to production will mentor at least one young person and work together to develop the production, increasing their learning, skills and connections with peers and industry professionals.
The cast is Chris Babalola, Bruna Becker, Dylan Bradshaw, Yohanna Ephem, Amina Hatri, Ursula Holliday, Arysha Kelly, Jely Kikumba, Jordan Lee Parker, Rhianna Moritz, Tristin Pegg, Dean Phillips, Elle Robinson, Bridget Rudder, Lucy Shafi and Douglas Wood. Written by Joeri Smet, FROM THE GROUND UP is directed by Christopher Elmer-Gorry. The Assistant Director is Sophie Lucraft-Mee, the Assistant Dramaturg is Sami Ibrahim, the Production Co-ordinator is Ryan Duncan, the Recruitment Co-ordinator is Ellie Horne, with Marketing and Audience Development by Martha Rumney
Performances take place on Thursday 4 August at 6pm and 8pm, and Friday 5 and Saturday 6 August at 3pm, 6pm and 8pm. Tickets can be booked via almeida.co.uk.
The Almeida Participation team aims to work with 3,000 young people a year to create opportunities and pathways for children and young people aged 5 to 25 in the London borough of Islington to engage in a key relationship with theatre and become part of the Almeida.
Almeida Participation, led by Director of Participation Dani Parr, have created a programme structured to inspire, challenge and engage young people as audience members, participants and theatre makers in line with the artistic values of the Almeida Theatre. The projects run by Almeida Participation invite young people to respond to the questions asked by Almeida productions, and to create their own work in a professional environment.