Sparkes Circus was once known as ‘The Funniest Show in England’. But not any more. This traditional circus has hit hard times. The animals, including the much-loved Tiny the Elephant, have all been sold. The clowns are drunk, the trapeze artist is foul-mouthed, and to top it all, Cox’s Circus has opened up nearby with fancy modern acts and lasers. Missy and Zack, the amazing brother and sister high-flyers, face the end of their family business.
The arrival of a gang of disaffected hoodies seems to be the final straw. But ‘people are the new animals’ – could these kids be the answer to all their problems?
An exploration of tradition and youth culture, with a bit of politics thrown in for good measure, Don’t Feed the Animals is presented by the SJT Youth Theatre as part of both the NT Connections scheme and the SJT’s own community festival, ReachOut, sponsored by Chartered Accountants, Tax and Business Advisors Lloyd Dowson.
Outreach Officer for Youth and Community and the show’s director Cheryl Govan said:
“This is a fantastic show, and it’s a chance to support the talent of the future. Half a dozen of our youth theatre members have, in recent years, gone on to drama school – you can see them here first!”
Tickets cost £6.50 and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01723 370541 or online at www.sjt.uk.com
Don’t Feed the Animals By Jemma Kennedy
Director: Cheryl Govan
Cast: The Stephen Joseph Youth Theatre 15+ group, joined by members of the 12-14-year-old group
Musical Director, Composer and Sound Design: Jack Radish
Designer: Richard Marr
Lighting Designer: Paul Stear
Movement Coach: Emily Loombe
Trapeze Costumes: Josanne Machon at Josie Designs
22 February at 7pm, 23 February at 2pm and 7pm