Young performers take centre stage in new show in Havant

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A church hall in Havant has been turned into a theatre for a new production this week.

As Havant Dynamo Youth Theatre approaches its 35th anniversary later this year, it is staging an ambitious new show 
at St Faith’s Church Hall, Havant, this 

With the title Daisy and Marvin Save the Day, the show is a fantasy adventure written by Greg Mosse with music by John Gleadall.

Both author and composer are local – Greg lectures at Chichester University and John is well known for teaching and composing music in Havant.

The really exciting aspect of this production is the direction of the show by the senior members of the company and the transformation of the church hall.

The adult volunteers have converted the hall into a theatre with raked seats.

They have also extended the stage to provide the space for the 50-strong cast to showcase their dramatic talent.

Led by sixth former Gaby Luck, the members have enhanced the script with their development of the characters, choreographed the dance and fight scenes and set the staging of the scenes under the watchful eye of Andrew Bowker, Dynamo’s artistic director.

Andrew said: ‘A big part of the Dynamo experience is that our young people are given the opportunity to develop themselves by taking creative responsibilities as well as acting.’

Although the Saturday evening and matinee performances are sold out, tickets are still available for the 7.30pm shows today, Thursday and Friday.

Tickets are £8 and concessions are £6 and are available at or by phoning (023) 9245 4244.

Havant Dynamo Youth Theatre is a performance-based theatre group providing drama, music and dance experience for 65 young people aged between 11 and 18.

Meetings take place each Monday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at St Faith’s Hall, The Pallant. It is still independent and self-funding, and relies on a dedicated group of volunteers.