Written by Richard Conlon and Directed by Jenny Evans

The Belgrade Community & Education Company presented the Senior Youth Theatre’s new play Torn from 13 to 15 April 2005.

Devised and performed by the Youth Theatre themselves, Torn tackled the difficult subject of divorce and its effect on famillies. It followed the journey of Anna, whose life started to fall apart when her parents told her that they were separating, and her struggle to discover her own courage and find her place in the world.

Fused with Chinese folktale, the play blended the everyday and the mythic to deal with a tough issue.

Torn succeeded in producing drama for young people who did not usually have the opportunity to see live performance, and was commended by youth workers for providing a useful springboard for discussion of the surrounding issues.

Performances took place at Youth Centres across the city including Broad Heath Project, Foleshill (13 April), Whoberley Youth Centre (14 April) and Woodway Park School (15 April). Free drama workshops accompaying the show were available for youth groups aged from 11 – 18 years old.

Tickets for Torn were free but had to be reserved in advance.

Artistic Team:

Associate Director – Community – Justine Themen
Acting Out Project Manager – Julia Smith
Youth Theatre Director – Jenny Evans
Youth Theatre Project Worker – Linda Leech
Community Company Administrator – Debbie Hewitt
Admin Support – Claire Silvester

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