Theatre group’s bid for backing

Some of the Little Red Theatre members are pictured in rehearsals. The group is hoping that its crowfunding scheme will attract support.

Some of the Little Red Theatre members are pictured in rehearsals. The group is hoping that its crowfunding scheme will attract support.

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A Kirriemuir performance group is hoping to attract public support in its bid to take its latest production to Dundee Rep.

The Little Red Theatre is taking part in the nationwide National Theatre Connections project which gives young people the chance to perform on the professional stage.

It is aiming to raise £1000 to help meet the costs of travelling expenses and staging the production It is currently around halfway towards meeting its target.

The National Theatre’s scheme involves groups being granted the rights to one of the its plays for local performance; they are then visited by a director from the National and the third step is to stage their show in a professional environment.

Stephanie Arsoska, who runs the group, said the scheme offers considerable benefits for youngsters generally, but particularly from rural areas.

She said: “Participating in arts projects has lots of benefits in terms of building confidence, self-esteem and communication skills. To be able to go to The Rep is an important opportunity which can sometimes be a challenge for groups in rural areas. We’re looking for support so we can make sure that young people in Kirrie have access to these things.”

The group will stage ‘Eclipse’ by Simon Armitage on March 16, at 7pm, in Webster’s High School, which follows six young people who are in Cornwall with their families for the 1999 eclipse.

Stephanie continued: “We’re in rehearsals now and getting ready for the visit from the National Theatre director and we want to make sure the town is well represented and to make a good impression among the other groups at The Rep.”

Anyone keen to offer the group their support can make a donation online at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/little-red-theatre and entry to the performance of ‘Eclipse’ on March 16 will also be by donation.