Young talent is set to shine at local art festival

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Tom Chambers as Bobby in Crazy For You. Picture by Richard Davenport

REVIEW: Crazy For You, at Mayflower Theatre in Southampton

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Young performers will be demonstrating their skills at The Art at the Heart Festival.

The Southampton festival features peformances by Nuffield’s Hampshire Youth Theatre (HYT) and the Mayflower Summer Youth Project. Both productions are being staged alongside a host of professional work at Nuffield Playing Field, a pop-up venue being built on Southampton’s Guildhall Square.

Hampshire Youth Theatre rehearse for their peformance of The Best Christmas Present In The World

Hampshire Youth Theatre rehearse for their peformance of The Best Christmas Present In The World

In commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, this year’s HYT show is a new stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s short story The Best Christmas Present In The World. The play tells the story of a military captain, his sweetheart and the modern man who discovers an old letter in an antique desk.

This year Mayflower Theatre’s Summer Youth Project will present 5 Of The Best – a celebration of 50 years of Musicals in Southampton performed by a talented cast of 100 young people.

5 Of The Best appears tomorrow at 3.30pm. Tickets: £12.50. The Best Christmas Present In The World shows on August 14–17, various times. Tickets: £12.50. Both shows are at the Nuffield Playing Field.

Call 02380 671 771 or visit nuffieldtheatre.co.uk for details.