The curtain rose on a new Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) production at the city’s Lemon Tree earlier this month as part of a two-year artistic trans-Atlantic project.
The specially-commissioned play by award-winning Scottish playwright DC Jackson, called Untitled Reality Project, and performed by APA’s Young People’s Theatre, was warmly received by the first night audience.
It was developed as part of a joint project between APA and The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco – a group from the American company joined APA Young People’s Theatre in August to produce a rehearsed reading of the play, which has now been staged in both the USA and Aberdeen.
The young APA cast, aged from 15 to 21, now appearing on the Lemon Tree stage includes Victoria Bruce, Sam Garioch, Alex Hamilton, Ritchie Lornie, Christie Mitchell, Stephen Park, Neila Stephens and Darrell Thornton.
Later this year, the project will co-commission another play, by an American writer, and the young actors from both companies will spend two weeks working together in San Francisco in the summer to produced a staged reading.
On their return, the APA Young People’s Company will perform the American work in The Lemon Tree this November.
Creative Learning acting manager Claire Davidson said they were delighted by the audience reaction to the first performance of Untitled Reality Project and very proud of the new work.
“It has been an incredible rewarding experience for us to be involved in this project and we are extremely excited to be completing the venture by visiting San Francisco this summer to work with an American playwright.”
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