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Young actors to take to stage in hero-inspired play

The Ministry of Defence drama project will perform the Heroes Storybook in Long Sutton and in Farnborough

Jontie Honey and Polly Pyke feature in The Heroes Storybook

Young actors will take to the stage this weekend to present a heart-warming new play.

The Heroes Storybook is being performed at Lord Wandsworth College near Odiham on Saturday December 14 and Wavell School in Farnborough on Sunday December 15.

Featuring young people from Aldershot, Odiham and Fleet, the play is the culmination of a unique music and drama project funded by the Ministry of Defence’s Community Covenant Fund.

Over the last six months, the Discarded Nut Theatre Company and The EDGE Project have been working with the EDGE Together Company, a group of young performers from armed forces families, young carers and local secondary schools.

Through workshops based in Aldershot, Bordon, Middle Wallop, Portsmouth and Odiham, the youngsters have looked at what qualities make a hero and who their heroes are today.

Those named included parents, teachers, doctors, authors, singers, soldiers and pilots, all ordinary people who have done extraordinary things.

The youngsters have also explored issues such as conflict, loss, loyalty, courage and determination.

Noël Jones, the show’s artistic director and writer of the play, said: “These young people have laughed and cried together, made new friends, shared experiences, developed performance skills and, above all, showed their very own special kind of heroism.

“Their incredible openness and imaginations have inspired the story, words and music of The Heroes Storybook.”

The play will be performed at Lord Wandsworth College in Long Sutton on Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, and at the Wavell School on Sunday at the same times. Tickets are £6.

 

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