REVIEW: St Ives Youth Theatre’s Follow, Follow
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This latest production from the St Ives Youth Theatre (SIYT) was called Follow, Follow – a title unsuited to the acting which was all “Lead, Lead”.
The emotional drama took place in Northern Ireland during the troubles; a tumultuous era which we all sadly remember.
So the scene was set. Drums and pipes fed the passion of an Orange Order March. The incessant rhythm of the bass drums gradually pumping up pride and emotions. Suddenly, it’s all over and what better for the marching youths to do than hang out in the scruffy recreation park and sink a few bevvies.
Adolescence is a difficult rite of passage for many youngsters; pushing boundaries and trying to find a path through their emotions. Just imagine how that would feel if you were also brought up in the fractious and often violent background of Northern Ireland.
The eight young actors of SIYT understood all this background and set about this 40-minute drama with enthusiasm, imagination and skill.
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It was acted with bouts of physical rough and tumble and scarcely disguised sexual innuendo. These were interspersed with passages of retroflection and deliberate pauses of total silence. The mood swung back and forth at remarkable speed. This reflected the passion and angst of youth against the dark mirror of the unhappy street scene.
As for the acting, I don’t know how people so young can convey the emotions and sense of history as well as the teenagers of SIYT.
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Even when the players were not in a speaking/shouting role, they were supporting the lead through facial expressions and not distracting.
In acting terms the cast punched well above its youthful weight.
In sum, a difficult drama performed by eight very talented young people. All the very best when you take Follow, Follow to Norwich as part of the National Theatre Connections competition. You and your young directors deserve to lead the region and then to be seen in London. You can do it.