Youth theatre take on adult roles

The cast of The Caucasian Chalk Circle on a ten day rehearsal trip to the Isle Of Wight
The cast of The Caucasian Chalk Circle on a ten day rehearsal trip to the Isle Of Wight
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The Hampshire Youth Theatre will be turning natural roles on their heads this coming week, as they perform The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton from September 8 until 10.

The youth group will be pushing their acting skills to the limit, as teenagers and young adults perform the play which focuses on the theme of parenthood.

The plot revolves around a young peasant girl, who steals a baby and ends up being a better guardian than its natural parents.

As the young girl fights to keep the baby a comical judge calls upon the ancient tradition of the chalk circle.

Written in 1944 by German playwright, Bertolt Brecht, the prologue is set in the Soviet Union, towards the end of the Second World War.

Hampshire Youth Theatre is a company for young actors, aged between 14 and 21 years-old, with many previous members going on to join drama schools, and have careers in the arts.

The original play is a re-working of the 14th century Chinese play, Circle of Chalk. Two women argue over their child in a chalk circle and are ordered to each pull on his arm, to prove who is his real mother. The act is in fact a trick, as his real mother cannot bear to hurt her son.

Tickets cost £10 from the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8063 1771 or visit nuffieldtheatre.co.uk.