Eight’s a company

Pictures Martin Bostock.'Blackpool Grand Youth Theatre Company'"pack their bags" for a trip to the Edinburgh festival 'L-R George Toomey, Chad Bentley, Tom Leach, David Thorp, Peter Rugman and Amy Clark.
Pictures Martin Bostock.'Blackpool Grand Youth Theatre Company'"pack their bags" for a trip to the Edinburgh festival 'L-R George Toomey, Chad Bentley, Tom Leach, David Thorp, Peter Rugman and Amy Clark.

It’s second time lucky for the members of Blackpool Grand Youth Theatre Company (GYTC) who are heading back to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Following on from a hugely successful production of Carlo Goldini’s A Servant to Two Masters at last year’s Fringe Festival the company is returning to the event with Ella Hickson’s contemporary piece, Eight.

The GYTC will be performing at two venues at the festival before bringing the production back to Blackpool for a performance in the Grand Theatre’s Lawrence House Studio in September.

The award-winning Eight is a series of monologues exploring what has happened to a generation where anything and everything has become acceptable, from Miles, an American 7/7 survivor to Millie, a jolly-hockey-sticks prostitute who mourns the loss of the good old British class system and Danny, an ex squaddie who makes friends in morgues.

With four monologues performed at each show audiences will never see the same production twice.

Since forming in September 2009 the GYTC has made an instant mark with its vital and energetic performances.

Its first piece, The Servant to Two Masters, played on the main stage at the Grand Theatre before running for a week at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The group has also participated in the National Theatre’s Connections new writing programme, performing Those Legs by Noel Clarke at Keswick’s Brewery Arts Centre.