We are yt2 Plus and we've been operating as a small community theatre company in some form or another for the past 16 years. Primarily a youth theatre, yt2, we formed yt2 Plus in 2015 for the number of twenty-somethings in Southampton, too old for youth theatre but still with bags of talent and a hunger for challenging and contemporary scripts to perform. Our membership is formed of ex-youth theatre members and other student theatre companies in the area.
For the last few months, we've been working hard on preparing two demanding and superbly well-crafted plays, 'Bull' by Mike Bartlett and 'Eight' by Ella Hickson. 'Bull' takes a look at bullying in the work place and doesn't hold back, tackled with the same intensity as Mike Bartlett brought to the hit BBC 1 series, Dr Foster. It's an uncomfortable watch but then so is the subject.
'Eight' is a series of monologues that was formed around the results of a survey that asked twenty-somethings what they felt defined their generation: the almost overwhelming response was that it was 'apathy'. This, from a generation that have grown up in a world where everything has become acceptable. From Miles, a 7/7 survivor to Millie, a jolly hockey sticks prostitute who mourns the loss of the good old British class system, Ella Hickson looks at the singular, personal effect of an otherwise social phenomenon.
We were so proud and honoured that our recent performance of 'Eight' at the Totton Festival of Drama in Southampton was awarded 'Overall Winner' as well as Peter 'Peewee' Ward taking away 'Best Adult Actor' for his superb portrayal of 'Danny' in Eight. Our performance of 'Bull' at the same festival was also received well and Dave Smith, playing Thomas, gained a nomination for 'Best Adult Actor'.
We'd now absolutely love to take both productions to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August but as a small theatre company, funding a project like this is impossible without help. We're busy organising local fund raising events but as we need to raise funds to cover the cost of licences, marketing materials, registration fees, travel and accommodation for everyone, that's where you come in. If you, like our members, have a passion for contemporary and challenging theatre and you'd like to support us, or join us, we would love to hear from you. If you'd also like to donate to this project, we would be so grateful. £5 will pay for printing a handful of flyers, while £50 will pay for one of the cast to get there. Anything you can afford to give, however small will be greatly appreciated. We've got some good rewards too. Take a look!