Belt Up Theatre Return To York Theatre Royal

Resident company, Belt Up Theatre, return to York Theatre Royal for a double bill of new writing following their sell out performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010. The two new interactive plays, The Boy James by Alexander Wright and Atrium by James Wilkes (The Tartuffe, The Beggar’s Opera), will feature in the Studio from Tue 21 – Sat 25 Jun.

Belt Up Theatre was set up in 2008 by Dominic J Allen, Jethro Compton, James Wilkes and Alexander Wright. It debuted to critical acclaim with an interactive production of Metamorphosis in 2008 before winning the Edinburgh International Festival award for The Red Room project. Belt Up is committed to producing fearless, adventurous and playful work that places its audience at the centre of the wholly encompassing world of each production.

In Atrium, the line between fact and fiction is blurred; absurd comedy reigns supreme in a surreal journey as self obsessed protagonist, Malcolm Kinnear, tears apart the life around him. You are invited to be part of it; previous audience members have volunteered to improvise entire crime thrillers about show jumping, have thrown eggs at the actors, performed death defying stunts and a handful have pranced around in their birthday suits.

The Boy James tells a story of playful innocence and cruel experience woven around the life of Peter Pan author, J.M. Barrie. Belt Up Theatre embark on a dark but beautiful tale of one bright eyed boy’s awakening into the harsh realities of adulthood. The Boy James is a truly intimate experience that invites audiences to a strictly secret world, a safe haven. This play struck a chord with countless people during its runs in Edinburgh and London, including Mr Stephen Fry who tweeted, “Just been knocked out by ‘The Boy James’ Still drying my eyes.”

This double-bill of new writing by two of Belt Up Theatre’s artistic directors invite its audience to enter the world of the imagination. Developed for the critically acclaimed and sell out The House, these shows took place alongside Lorca is Dead which began life in the York Theatre Royal Studio a year ago. Come finish the journey by seeing the final chapters of this thematic trilogy.

York Theatre Royal
Date: Tue 21 - Sat 25 Jun
Time: 7.45pm
Performance Venue: Studio
Tickets: £12, £7 students & u25s, £10 concessions 

Book tickets online HERE

Written by James Wilkes
Directed and Lighting designed by Jethro Compton
Malcolm – Dominic J Allen
Paul – James Wilkes
Pennie – Serena Manteghi
Butter – Lucy Farrett

The Boy James
Written by Alexander Wright
Directed by Dominic J Allen
Lighting Design by Jethro Compton
The Boy – Jethro Compton
James – James Wilkes
The Girl – Lucy Farrett