Young companyscoops place innational festival

Buxton Opera House's Young Company has won a place to compete in the National Theatre's Connections Festival alongside some of the most talented young actors in the country.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 15th February 2016, 7:21 am
Updated Monday, 15th February 2016, 7:25 am
Gargantua at Buxton Opera House from March 3 to 5.
Gargantua at Buxton Opera House from March 3 to 5.

This the second year in succession that Young Company has scooped a place in the

prestigious festival, following their 2015 production of Cush Jumbo’s The Accordion Shop

– which won high praise from competition judges.

Each year youth theatre groups across the country compete to perform new works commissioned by the National Theatre.

This year Buxton is producing Gargantua written by Carl Grose which tells the story of Mr and Mrs Mungus, whose newborn baby isn’t the bouncing blue-eyed boy they were hoping for. After a two and a half year pregnancy, Mini Mungus gives birth to a monster one with an accelerated growth rate. But when military scientists become intent on cloning an army of huge babies from the giant, he breaks his chains and escapes. Who will stop this freak of nature? Who will decide his tragic fate? And who, more importantly, will change his nappy?

Gargantua is at the Pavilion Arts Centre from March 3 to 5. Tickets £10 to £12. Contact 0845 127 2190 or visit