Children’s theatre company Theatre-Rites have announced the cast for their latest production, The Global Playground.
The international group of performers, celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, will premiere their new show at the Manchester International Festival this summer. The Global Playground will also be presented digitally.
The cast includes accredited dancers Jahmarley Bachelor (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Annie Edwards (A Kate Prince Company), Kennedy Junior Muntanga (Phoenix Dance Theatre), and Charmene Pang (Iceland Dance Company). They will be joined by puppeteer and actor Sean Garratt (A Christmas Carol) and percussionist Merlin Jones (Birmingham Symphony Orchestra), among others.
The show’s director Sue Buckmaster commented that “as Theatre-Rites turns 25 I have been reflecting on the importance of the connections we have developed with artists and our audiences, how it is our responsibility to nurture and empower both. As a company we have always been driven by the child’s needs and we know that young people’s futures will be a fluid experience of online and real adventures.
“The Global Playground, with its exceptional cast, is our gift to our audience of young people and to their carers; a chance to reflect on how they can be fully present, wherever they are and however they are connecting.”
Also involved in the new production are choreographer Gregory Maqoma, composer Ayanna Witter-Johnson, and production designer Ingrid Hu.
The show will run from 2-18 July, with tickets available soon from the Theatre-Rites website.
Words By Danielle Saunders.
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