Urmston girl ‘privileged’ to take part in Royal Exchange Theatre project

Messenger Newspapers: Natasha Hylton Natasha Hylton

AN Urmston girl has spoken of her ‘privilege’ to become involved with artists and writers as part of a number of events held at the Royal Exchange Theatre studio.

Natasha Hylton took part in Futureworlds, a four-day series of events which gave young people the chance to create artistic responses to the question of what place they will hold in future society.

The project, which took place between November 14 and 17, hosted a range of plays, art installations and workshops, and Natasha was only too happy to take part.

The 16-year-old from Urmston said: “I enjoyed every aspect of it and there was plenty to do including poetry, stories and radio plays.

“The project was about what the future would be like in the year 2020 and my main role was to interpret the pieces in the best way I could.”

One of the more dynamic pieces was the sound installation entitled ‘24 hours in the dark’, where audiences lied on a cushion or pillow in complete darkness to listen to 24 250-word plays written by authors, from children as young as seven to award winning playwrights Chris Thorpe and Andy Sheridan.

As well as enjoying the drama in pitch black, a lighter, more energetic series included an exhibition centred on cardboard city, which was a collaboration between the young people and theatre designer Louie Whitemore, complete with projection and an atmospheric soundtrack.

Asked why Natasha wanted to participate in such an exciting and lively event, she raid: “I just thought it would be unique and interesting to see what would become of young people in the future, whether we would flower and blossom in society."

She added: “It was such a privilege to be involved with something so creative.”


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