Young performers hit beat in new play

New member Georgie Jessop is taking a leading role in Calderdale Theatre School’s next production, ‘The Monkey King’.

Georgie, who is in year 10 at Brighouse High School, and 39 other young performers have been learning Taiko drumming for their roles in the lively adaptation of the classic Chinese tale.

She also takes the role of Guan-Yin, a Chinese Buddhist goddess. ‘The Monkey King’, which is written by Robert Garrett and directed by Stephen Finegold, will be staged at Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax, from Thursday, May 30 to Saturday, June1.

Robert said: “The show is based on the story of Monkey, a legendary figure in Chinese mythology.

“Monkey acquires supernatural powers - but needs the guidance of Guan-Yin to learn how to control his powers and care for his fellow human beings.

“The cast has been trained by the exceptional musicians of Gyoko Taiko and there will be live music with the dramatic rhythms of the Oriental tradition. Theatre School members are thoroughly enjoying the workshops in the new Orangebox building in Halifax.”

Calderdale Theatre School was established in 1968 and currently has more than 80 members aged between 11 and 19.

It runs theatre skills classes for members and also put on regular productions at Square Chapel, Halifax and elsewhere. This spring the group is planning to attend a festival in Glasgow at the Royal Conservatoire.

‘The Monkey King’ starts at 7.30pm and tickets are now available on 01422 349422.

Anyone who would like to have a go at Taiko drumming will be able to take part in day workshops on May 31 and June 1.