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Youth theatre at its best

Adapted and directed by Amy and Tony Trigwell-Jones and devised by the company, this year’s production marks a return to these much-loved fables, which have given us How the
Leopard Got His Spots, How the Camel Got His Hump, The Elephant’s Child and many others.
It was in 2007 that NYT produced their first version of the Just So Stories.
It proved to be a landmark production in their history as it brought them their first five star review at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Writing for the Herald at the time, Carmody Wilson described the show saying it was as accomplished as Michael Morpurgo’s adaptation of Aesop’s Fables.
The Newbury Weekly News reviewer Lin Wilkinson summed up her review saying: “forget hoodies and the lost generation.
This young company will restore your faith in life – and in the alchemy of theatre.”
When a production is this well received, most companies would return to it with a recreation of the same work, however NYT are creating a brand new show with their trademark comic timing, original live music and touches of simple magic – a style which, in 2007 was very much in its infancy for the young group.
Over the last 27 years, Newbury Youth Theatre have built up an enviable reputation as one of the leading young companies in the UK.
Their vibrant ensemble productions have earned them a host of four and five star reviews in local and national press.
For 15 years they have performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where they successfully compete for audiences and reviews against seasoned professionals.
Such has their success been over the years, that in 2009 they were awarded a Three Weeks
Editors’ Choice Award for creating consistently strong work.
Tickets for Kipling’s Just So Stories priced £8 (£6 discounts, family ticket £28 for four) are available from the Box Office on 01635 522733 or online at www.cornexchangenew.com
Newbury Youth Theatre perform at The Edinburgh Fringe at The Quaker Meeting House (Venue 40), from Monday, August 6 to Saturday, August 11, at 2.30pm.

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