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That’s it for 2014

As we have our final curtain call of Sleeping Beauty we finish a very good 2014 for HYT. In March we were fortunate to be offered the chance to recreate a Georgian court case, The Trial of Joshua Slade, in the actual room where the case was heard nearly 200 years ago. To add to that we were joined by a relation of Joshuas’ brother, one of the other potential suspects in the crime!

In the summer we ran through an adaptation of Tolkiens’ classic “The Lord of the Rings” and completed the show in a run time of around 45 minutes, Tolkien had taken over 1000 pages, we did it in just 15!

Then we’ve finished the year with the traditional pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, giving Nicole Matthews her first chance at directing a major production, a chance she took with relish and was performed by a great group of young actors, many of whom were making their first appearance with us!

2015 is already shaping up to be a great year, in March we return to the town hall for another court case, this year we’re going to be looking into the infamous Witches of Warboys. Another well known piece of local history and folklore coming to life.

We’ll be finishing the year with a production of Dracula, a mix of horror and comedy as the winter nights grow short we look forward to bringing the story of Bram Stokers classic to audiences. Watch this space though as there’s sure to be more news as the year goes on!

Off the stage in 2015 we’re going to be celebrating a landmark as Huntingdon Youth Theatre come of age and turn 18. On the 31st of January we’re having a big party and hoping to try and see many members over the years come back to join us for one night only. It’s sure to be a great night and we can’t wait!

We’re back on January the 6th so if there are any potential new members – get in touch with us over the christmas period, we look forward to meeting you and moving forward over the next few years!

HYT celebrating 18 years

A group photo from our tenth birthday party. Photo courtesy of Michael Summerfield
A group photo from our tenth birthday party. Photo courtesy of Michael Summerfield

This January we will be celebrating the dawn of our 18th year and hope to do so by inviting members past and present to join us for a reunion to celebrate the group coming of age! With members now living all over the UK – and abroad! – we hope as many of them are able to join us on the 31st January as possible.

If you’re able to join us or want more details visit our Facebook page or contact the site admin. We hope you can join us on this special day!

Sleeping Beauty is just a month away!

SLEEPING BEAUTY POSTER

Well we’re just weeks away from this years winter production which is the pantomime Sleeping Beauty! Directed by Nicole Matthews and Kieron Wallis  we’re looking forward to putting on a magical show which will be fun for all the family.

This year we are also delighted to welcome Roy Bellas as our Musical Director and his three piece band to bring the music of the show to life.

Tickets will be available direct through HYT in the near future and should be direct from the Commemoration Hall shortly. We hope lots of people come along and support our young cast (and rookie directors!) on our last production before next January’s 18 year celebration!

End of the Summer term

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As we’re coming to the end of the year and heading in to a Summer break before coming back for “Sleeping Beauty” as our big winter production we’re going to be putting on our end of term free showcase. This year it will be our very own version of Lord of the Rings, a somewhat shorter the Tolkien classic as the script comes in at just 10 pages!

 

Come along on the 22nd of July at 7:30 to the Commemoration Hall in Huntingdon for this free piece of theatre!

 

Joshua Slade on the radio!

We are putting together the finishing touches from the Trial of Joshua Slade and this will be broadcast next Monday, the 26th May on Huntingdon Community Radio at 7 o’clock. This is a great opportunity for those who were unable to fit into the crowded court room on the day to hear what happened in our town nearly 200 years ago!

It can be heard locally by tuning in to 104fm or online over at the HCR website.

Here is the trailer the radio station prepared advertising it!

Case Closed

Tonight saw the last performance of the run from our production of The Trial of Joshua Slade. A big thank you to everyone who came along to support us during this very busy and sold out few days! Our cast and crew really enjoyed working on this production and discussions with the audience members showed us how divisive, even today, the evidence put forward and the case was.

Over on our productions tab we’ve updated our page for this show which contains some historical information from the case, including two contemporary accounts of his confession and the details of the murder.  To see this information, as well as details of the production under the productions tab. We’ll be updating this and other productions with time at this link.

 

Joshua Slade this week!

So we’re entering production week and very busy with work on The Trial of Joshua Slade. The production is a sell-out and we thank everyone for supporting us on this project. It has been an interesting and exciting one for us to be a part of under the guidance of director Beryl-Anne Whitehead. We hope that those of you who are able to make it this week are able to enjoy the experience in this unique setting. For those of you who missed out we’re hoping to bring the production to you as a radio play. Watch this space!

 

Alongside this we’re slowly updating the rest of the site and have started the task of adding more information about our past productions.  We hope to feature photos and memories of every production in our past so invite our members, past and present and those who remember seeing the productions to contact us here and over on our Facebook page to offer their own memories of productions!

First rehearsal in the courts!

Last night we had our first rehearsal in the court rooms for “The Trial of Joshua Slade”, special thanks to Kate who was the court artist for the evening and taking a few snaps of the events as they unfolded!

 

Dr Wilson is sworn in as the prosecuting lawyer, Mr Stork looks on
Dr Wilson is sworn in as the prosecuting lawyer, Mr Stork looks on
Joshua Slade stands in the box, watched by the constable and William Heddings, accused of stealing a pig from the late Reverend Waterhouse
Joshua Slade stands in the box, watched by the constable and William Heddings, accused of stealing a pig from the late Reverend Waterhouse
Mrs Garner landlady sworn in
Mrs Garner, landlady of the Swan public house, is sworn in
Mrs Whitney, neighbour to the victim is sworn in
Mrs Whitney, neighbour to the victim is sworn in
Baron Garrow listens to the witness while Mr Taylor, defending lawyer, looks nervously at his notes
Baron Garrow listens to the witness while Mr Taylor, defending lawyer, looks nervously at his notes
The clerk of the court reads out their verdict.
The clerk of the court reads out their verdict.

 

Tickets are available NOW, so if you want to see this production with a strictly low capacity due to room available in the court rooms contact Marilyn at 01480 411883.

The Trial of Joshua Slade

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We are currently working on a very special collaboration with the Mayor of Huntingdon’s charities to perform this piece.  “The Trial of Joshua Slade” is a recreation of an actual court case with a script from local historian Richard Meredith and uses the actual records taken by the clerk on the day to put forward the evidence available and let the modern day audience make up their own minds.

In 1827, this case captured the imagination of the public, leading to large crowds congregating around Huntingdon court and crowding the streets, bringing the town to a halt. The murder of Reverend Josiah Waterhouse on the 3rd of July gained national attention and media coverage and the trial was monitored closely by central government and presided over by Mr Baron Garrow (the man who was the focus of the BBC series “Garrow’s Law” and first coined the phrase “innocent until proven guilty”) and The Lord Chief Baron Alexander.

In May of 2014 we are going to be performing this in the very court room the case was heard in nearly 200 years ago. For tickets contact Marilyn from the Huntingdon Town Council on 01480 411883, they’re £5 each (including complimentary drink) and in limited number, we are excited about this production and hope you will be too!