A bright side to Downside

The Downside Up cast in action. Photo contributed.
The Downside Up cast in action. Photo contributed.
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RIDING Lights Roughshod Theatre Company will be performing their new production, ‘Downsideup - Taking Back the Power’ at St Matthew’s Church in Hayfield on Saturday April 16.

Using a series of sketches, music, physical theatre and comedy, Downsideup addresses everyday issues relating to power in modern day life. From the teenager who feels pressurised to be beautiful, to the worker who is dealing with an overbearing boss, to a marriage of violence and conflict, it explores the daily burdens of Man.

In contrast, the company of five young actors explore the values of the Kingdom of God such as forgiveness, love, equity, peace and grace and how a deeper sense of power can be found in the radical thought, teaching and example of a Rabbi from Nazareth.

The actors in the 2011 Roughshod Company are Phoebe Gann, George Meyrick, Peter Shaw, Naomi Oliver and Helen Tebbs who have come together from the North, South, East and West of England.

Telling their own stories and experiences, and using their own terms and languages, Downsideup is a wonderfully atmospheric show which illustrates how sometimes a negative can be turned into a positive.

Riding Lights Roughshod is a professional touring theatre company which was created in 1992 to concentrate on touring grass-roots communities and taking theatre to places where live productions are rare including schools, prisons, churches and other less conventional venues. Reaching a live audience of around 65,000 adults and children, Roughshod brings a sense of togetherness to the communities it visits.

Tickets for the production, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £7 for adults and £5 for concessions, and are available from the box office on 01663 749391.