THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES,
Summer school begins Monday 8 August
Performances from 25 – 28 August
TRB TheatreSchool launches its brand new summer school, The Summer Company, next week, as 40 local teenagers, led by the egg’s professional production team, come together to present a new and innovative production of the classic Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Hound Of The Baskervilles.
TRB TheatreSchool member Milo Morris has adapted this most famous of Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories with mentoring from professional playwright Tom Wainwright, whose work has been produced by Bristol Old Vic, Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Bath.
When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, speculation points to a legendary family curse. Will this same fate meet those that wish to make Baskerville Hall their home? Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson slowly unpick a tangle of mystery as the case takes them deeper into the heart of the Baskerville family…
The company meets for the first time on Monday, less than three weeks before the first public performance! The company of 28 performers and 10 backstage apprentices, all aged between 12 and 18, will be working alongside professional directors and designers. While the cast rehearse for the final performances, the backstage students will get a broad overview of how professional theatre works behind the scenes, while having an opportunity to learn more about a specific aspect with mentoring from the specialist costume, set, lighting and sound designers.
Following the theatre school’s recent success taking their production of Bedbug to the National Theatre , this year’s exciting new summer school will see the egg become a hive of activity as the young people experience being part of a professional theatre company. Over three weeks there will be rehearsals, set building, costume and prop making, all culminating in six public performances.
In a nod to the illustrious history of the previous summer school project, Storm on the Lawn, the entire auditorium will be laid with turf, recreating the eerie and desolate Devonshire moors in the intimate surroundings of the egg, with the audience picnicking on the grass.
Performances of The Hound of the Baskervilles will take place at the egg from Thursday 25th – Sunday 28thAugust