Stowmarket group to take on ambitious theatre project staged at John Peel Centre

The Spinning Wheel Theatre Youth Takeover project previously staged a production of A Midsummer Nigh

The Spinning Wheel Theatre Youth Takeover project previously staged a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Bury St Edmunds Picture: SPINNING WHEEL THEATRE - Credit: SPINNING WHEEL THEATRE

Six creative young people are set to take to the stage as part of an ambitious theatre project in Stowmarket.

Participants of the first-ever Spinning Wheel Theatre Youth Takeover project in Stowmarket, aged 15-22, will perform The Hothouse by Harold Pinter this summer.

As part of the takeover project the group must take charge of all aspects of the production, from fundraising £500 online through Kickstarter, to doing their own marketing and sourcing costumes and props.

Most of the six members of the project are from Stowupland High School.

The one-off performance of the 1958 thriller, based in a ministry-run institution, will take place at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket on July 8 at 7.30pm.


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Amy Wyllie, co-founder and artistic director of professional touring company Spinning Wheel Theatre, said: “It is a very complex and classic Pinter. You don’t know what is going on until right at the end. It is a very challenging piece for the cast to tackle.

“We have done youth takeover projects for a few years in Bury St Edmunds but this is a brand new cohort of people in Stowmarket getting to experience something they might not be able to get elsewhere.

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“It is exciting seeing them learn about the subplots and be creative.”

Suffolk-based Spinning Wheel Theatre, formed in 2011, brings professional theatre to isolated, rural and small community venues across East Anglia.

Tickets for The Hothouse cost £5 and are available from the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts box office by visiting www.johnpeelcentre.com or calling 01449 774678.

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