Group aims for festival success

Exit 25 rehearsal for The Beauty Manifesto at the Assembly Rooms, Brighouse, with Jessica Farmer from West Yorkshire Playhouse, centre

Exit 25 rehearsal for The Beauty Manifesto at the Assembly Rooms, Brighouse, with Jessica Farmer from West Yorkshire Playhouse, centre

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MEMBERS of Brighouse theatre group Exit 25 are keeping their fingers crossed that their latest production will be chosen for a national festival of young theatre talent.

The group, led by director Julie Fountain, has been rehearsing Nell Leyshon’s hard-hitting play ‘The Beauty Manifesto’ as part of the National Theatre’s Connections 2011 festival. Jessica Farmer, creative learning officer at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, attended the group’s dress rehearsal to give advice on the actors’ performance and Chris Hill, director at the Playhouse, was in the audience at the group’s first public performance of ‘The Beauty Manifesto’ at Halifax Town Hall on Saturday.

“Chris was very encouraging and he is now preparing a report with his comments and feedback,” said Julie. “The students’ performance was filmed and that will now go forward to the National Theatre for judging. Exit 25 will also be performing ‘The Beauty Manifesto’ in Brighouse in March and at West Yorkshire Playhouse in May.

“The play has been produced on a very tight budget and we’ve had to beg, steal and borrow to get it all together. A lot of hard work has been involved but the students, many of whom are studying for school exams, have been exceptional and have put in the hours.

“It’s a very relevant, powerful play and it’s been a great experience for the students to get feedback from theatre professionals.”

‘The Beauty Manifesto’ will be presented at Brighouse Salvation Army, King Street, on Saturday March 26 at 7pm. Tickets are £5 available from Julie Fountain on 01484 710474 or on the door.