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Redbridge Drama Centre to perform play at the National Theatre

PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 June 2016

The Redbridge Drama Centre's Youth Workshop stage Gargantua at the Theatre Royal Stratford East on May 13

The Redbridge Drama Centre's Youth Workshop stage Gargantua at the Theatre Royal Stratford East on May 13

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A youth theatre group have made history after being chosen to close a prestigious drama festival at the National Theatre.

As part of the annual Connections festival, Redbridge Drama Centre’s Youth Theatre Workshop performed their version of the Carl Grose play Gargantua at the Theatre Royal Stratford East last month.

Now it has been revealed their interpretation of the play impressed the festival’s judges so much they have been selected to perform on the hallowed Olivier stage at the National Theatre itself, and will in fact be closing the entire festival on July 4.

Chairman of the Friends of Redbridge Drama Centre, Richard Astley, said: “It’s fantastic, staggering news, all those kinds of words.

“To be able to perform at the National Theatre is a huge achievement, and to be trusted with closing the festival is even more amazing.”

Richard said the high-quality of the work was only made possible by the hard-work of everyone involved in the production, which combined amateur young actors with professional directors and technicians.

He said: “I’m thrilled for all of them. One of our technicians, Ben, just keeps going, ‘I’m going to be lighting a show at the National!’”

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