American invasion boosts next generation

CTC youth groups in rehearsal NNL-150203-155544001
CTC youth groups in rehearsal NNL-150203-155544001

Cherwell Theatre Company will present a fusion of American and British acting talent in an exciting showcase of improvisation later this month.

Following the runaway success of Robin Hood: The Panto at The Mill Arts Centre in January, the company’s latest performance comes together with a new artistic director at its helm.

Tristan Pate, who directed the production of Robin Hood, has now stepped into Nasser Memarzia’s role at the head of the company and fully intends to continue the group’s exciting work in the community.

Their annual transatlantic improvisation extravaganza, entitled “The American Evening”, will embody Tristan’s vision for the company going forwards: as an organisation with young people at its heart.

Tristan said: “A big part of what we do with young people at CTC is all about opening the imagination and having the confidence to follow their creative impulses.”

Every year, once the dust of the pantomime has settled, the enthusiastic youth groups embark upon a course of improv training with the company’s professionals, in readiness for this next big event in the calendar.

The American Evening brings the organisation’s young performers together with a group of highly-skilled American acting students from Seattle.

Together they will perform an entirely improvised evening of live theatre, where nothing is planned and playfulness is key. Tristan added: “The event is again presented in partnership with a local charity which is very dear to our hearts, ‘Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund’, which helps young aspiring actors achieve their dreams.”

“Many of the professionals who work with us at CTC have benefited directly from its work so we are delighted to donate all proceeds from this event to its cause.” The event will be held at the Banbury and Bicester College Theatre on Broughton Road, Banbury on Monday, March 23 at 7pm. Tickets are £6 (£4 concessions) and can be purchased on the door.

Further information about Cherwell Theatre Company’s youth groups can be found at: