#YOLO by Matthew Bulgo

“Great to see such passion and talent in #YOLO this evening”  Head of Marketing at The Lowry

“#YOLO fab show! Great actors that really drew you into the show. Had us crying!”

“#YOLO Polished and professional – the play drew you in and spat you out an emotional wreck the other side! Great flow.”

Performed at The Lowry Quays Theatre, Salford Quays

On 2nd April 2017 @ 7.30pm

PERFORMANCE:  Following 2 very successful performances at The Fallibroome Academy Macclesfield on 28th Feb and 1st March, CYGNETS  performed #YOLO by Matthew Bulgo at The Lowry Quays Theatre, Salford Quays on Sunday 2nd April at 7:30pm. 

CYGNETS are pleased and proud, amidst stiff competition, to have been selected as one of 250 youth groups/schools throughout the UK and Ireland to take part in the National Theatre’s Connections Festival 2017.  Connections is one of the world’s largest and most exciting youth theatre programmes and is a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people. It is produced by the National Theatre, supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and by a number of individuals, trusts and foundations.

The 250 groups chosen stage one of ten specially commissioned plays written about young people by some of the best contemporary playwrights; and these are performed by schools and youth theatres throughout the UK and Ireland between February and April.  All companies then have the privilege of transferring their production to one of 28 Connections Partner Theatres across the UK.  In CYGNETS’ case this is The Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays, and CYGNETS will be performing in the Quays Theatre on 2nd April at 7.30pm.

This is the first time that CYGNETS have taken part in the Connections festival, and they are very pleased that they got allocated their first choice play ~#YOLO.  Casting and weekly rehearsals started in October 2016 and we have a cast of 14 very talented teenagers from several schools across the Macclesfield area. 

SYNOPSIS:  It’s A-level results day and Jack has it all laid out in front of him. After a summer of love and laughter with his mates, he’s off to university. He can’t wait for ‘Freshers’ Week’ and all the adventures that will follow. Life is just beginning and it couldn’t be better. But when Jack gets blind-sided by a revelation about his health, he gets propelled into an adult world before he’s had a chance to enjoy his youth. As Jack says: ‘How am I supposed to deal with… that… with the idea of… when I haven’t dealt with life yet?!’

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:  The Director and Producer for the Production is Kalini Kent who says: “#YOLO is a wonderful, extremely well written and emotionally hard-hitting piece of drama with themes that many teenagers face today: Not only is Jack dealing with a very difficult situation, he is thrown into adulthood when he least expects it as he has to face up to his own mortality; and the play is very much about his response to the situation, including fear, denial, failure of language and tested friendships. It has been a wonderful journey for the cast as they have explored new themes and have had to act older than their years on events and emotions they have never experienced. It is tremendous that they have had the opportunity to challenge themselves with these news perspectives and they have grown so much as a result as new ideas have been explored. This is definitely one not to miss”.

As many will know from experience and our website, CYGNETS is already well established for successfully running short courses catering for 7 to 13 year olds (MATILDA, OLIVER and ANNIE, and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY soon).  Connections is therefore a fantastic opportunity for older teenagers as it is open to young people between 13 and 19 years and aims to develop their skills in acting, technical work and stage management. Not only is the play a fantastic one, but the whole Festival process and experience, is very special, culminating in the final performance at The Lowry.

Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, said: ‘Connections is at the heart of the National Theatre’s work for young people and one of the most exciting and important projects we do. We think it’s vital that young people, wherever they are in the country and whatever their future path, have a chance to get involved in theatre.’

It would be great if you could help us spread the word about the production and CYGNETS as it is well worth seeing. 

For further information or if you would like to get involved in any way, please contact Kalini Kent on 07780 685498, or email info@cygnets.org

NATIONAL THEATRE CONNECTIONS FESTIVAL with performance at THE LOWRY – 2nd April 2017