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Recent graduates from The BRIT School return to Southwark Playhouse

The BRIT School ALWF Bridge Company 2019

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS summer, for the second consecutive year, recent graduates from The BRIT School return to Southwark Playhouse with two brand new commissions exploring issues at the centre of young people’s lives: sex, mental health, trauma and fierce fashion.

The BRIT School, the UK’s leading and free performing arts and technology school, will team up with award-winning playwright Molly Taylor and Director Matt Hassall to premiere the play What Was Left, which will run in rep with a brand new musical The Sandman written by Harry Blake and directed by Jennifer Fletcher.

Simon Stephens, Producer of Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Bridge Company said: “We are thrilled to be able to commission two brand new pieces and extend the opportunity to involve more young people than ever before. We are excited to have found a home for this work at Southwark Playhouse which has such a fantastic reputation as a venue for the UK’s most innovative emerging companies.”

What Was Left presents a year in the life of three siblings who are learning to survive in unknown territory, struggling with trauma and mental health as the world around them is falling apart.

Loosely based on the short story by E. T. A. Hoffmann, The Sandman features fierce fashion, jump scares, the supernatural and a bold contemporary score in the story of a nightmarish character from childhood who steals people’s eyes and stalks a talented young artist who is about to start university.

Both shows are produced through the School’s unique training initiative entitled Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Bridge Company, which creates and presents dynamic, socially relevant work in a professional context, serving as a link for young actors between education and professional practice. The course is two days a week allowing students to secure paid employment from a part time job in conjunction with their training.

Alumni include; Jake Davis (Black Mirror, XY), Eric Abrefa (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Julie, A Taste of Honey – National Theatre), Jovian Wade (The First Purge, Doctor Who, EastEnders) and more recently, Rhianne Barreto who won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting for her performance in Share at the Sundance Film Festival.

The productions are suitable for ages 14+.

Dates: June 14 to June 29, 2019.

Tickets: Previews £14, Full Price £22, Concessions £18. To book, call the box office on 020 7407 0234 or visit southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/.

Times: 8pm with matinees at 3.30pm.

Also at Southwark Playhouse: the first London revival in almost 25 years of Ain’t Misbehavin’ (until June 1) and the world premiere of new musical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (May 15 to June 8, 2019).