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Drama pushes young actors to the limit

10 February, 2017

Youngsters from The Big House who are set to perform in Brixton Rock

A MILDMAY-based charity which helps young people who have left care is gearing up for its latest theatrical production.

Young people from The Big House, based in Mildmay Community Centre, will be performing extracts from Brixton Rock, the debut novel of care leaver Alex Wheatle, winner of the 2016 Guardian children’s fiction prize.

The cast have been working with leading talents, including award-winning director Ned Bennett and renowned street dance choreographer Ivan Blackstock. Set in 1980s Brixton, with the threat of riots in the air, the story is about Brenton Brown, a young care leaver who craves the support of a family.

Hannah Hughes, from The Big House, said: “The young people are well into their rehearsals now. For some, their body clocks have been completely reset and the early starts and late finishes are resulting in better sleep. They are feeling muscles they didn’t know existed from the physical exertion involved in rehearsals. They are being pushed to their limit by our choreographer.”

The Big House 2016 production, Knife Edge, was picked up by the Royal Court Theatre.

Brixton Rock is being performed at Mangle, in London Fields, Hackney, from February 15 to March 12.

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