The Thing is… Grosvenor Park Young Company

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“When a group of young people take drastic political action, their demands must be met – but what exactly is it they want to say? Irreversible decisions are made, and young voices are defined, in this new piece of contemporary theatre.”

Grosvenor Park Young Company returns to Chester this month, with an exciting, new performance entitled “The Thing Is.” Last years young company performance “What the walls saw” was a big success with theatre goers led around the park , watching scenes which pondered the meaning of time and existence.  See

This year the play has been inspired by political upheaval over the last few months. Young Company members have collaborated over three weeks to devise and produce a piece of theatre that gives them a platform to define their own views, and addresses what it is like to be a young person in 2016


This year’s Young Company has been led by professional Directors Tom Frith, Freyja Winterson, and John Young.

“We’re really privileged to have worked with such a dedicated team of young people on The Thing Is,” says Co-Director, Tom Frith. “They’ve have had the opportunity to conceive theatre that dismisses stereotypes and truly communicates how they feel, all in the search for the voice of their generation.”

Part of Storyhouse,  Grosvenor Park Young Company is a unique, annual opportunity for 16-24 year-olds from Chester and the surrounding areas to gain first-hand experience in a professional theatre environment.

Members are also mentored by professionals from Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, in order to nurture their talents and support their development, providing them with the tools to thrive in a career within the arts and culture sector.

Storyhouse Director, Alex Clifton, says: “we’re immensely proud of this year’s Grosvenor Park Young Company, and it’s been fantastic to see our young people engaging so creatively with such a relevant subject matter that directly impacts on their futures. They’ve demonstrated a genuine commitment to theatrical collaboration, and I truly cannot wait to see the final result!”

Performances will take place at 2.30pm/7.30pm on Monday 15th August, and 7.30pm and Tuesday 16th August; tickets cost £5/£3 concessions. You can buy tickets online at, or in person via Chester Tourist Information Office.


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