National Theatre performance for City and Islington students04 July 2016
Performing Arts students at City and Islington College will get the experience of a lifetime as they perform the play ‘Children of Killers’ at the National Theatre's Olivier Theatre on Monday 4th July.
The Performing Arts students are all members of See & Eye Theatre at City and Islington College. They are one of only 12 theatre groups shortlisted from 450 who will be performing at The National Theatre as part of the National's 21st Connections Festival - the largest youth theatre festival in the world. They are the only further education college group to be selected. ‘Children of Killers’, set in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, follows the story of three Hutu boys waiting for their fathers to return from prison.
"It is very rewarding to be part of a process that allows us to be given professional feedback and to perform at a professional venue."
It was written by Katori Hall, whose plays include ‘The Mountaintop’, which won a 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play and ran on Broadway starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L Jackson. Katori Hall will be among the audience watching the performance.
Caroline Griffiths, who leads See & Eye Theatre at City and Islington College, said:
"I am so proud of our students. They have totally engaged with this wonderful play and performed it with such maturity and passion. We are privileged to be a part of the National Theatre's Connections programme and to be able to tell this remarkable story at such an iconic venue."
North London Performing Arts student Keon Martial Phillip, who will be appearing in 'Children of Killers', said:
"It is very rewarding to be part of a process that allows us to be given professional feedback and to perform at a professional venue. Before being cast for 'Children of Killers', I wasn’t aware of the Rwandan genocide. But after thorough research I became very educated on this touching subject. I now hold this story very closely to my heart and honour the beautiful words of Katori Hall and the lives of those who have experienced this tragedy."
Also appearing is another Performing Arts student Cristelle Yempe-Lofambo, who said: "I am blessed to be performing in a play about an African country for the first time. I feel like I’m discovering more about my roots and heritage."
Alice King-Farlow, NT Director of Learning, says:
"We have been thrilled and inspired by the Connections performances we have seen at festivals right across the country. Now we look forward to welcoming 12 brilliant productions to the National’s stages, to celebrate not just this year’s programme but 21 years of ground-breaking youth theatre through National Theatre Connections."
The students will also be part of a documentary that the National Theatre is producing about this year's Connections Festival. Filming will include interviews with the cast and creatives from See & Eye, alongside footage of rehearsals and their final performance.