In 2014, the summer residency ran from Monday 21 July – Saturday 9 August. 26 young people took part: 19 actors, one musician, two technicians, two designers and two writers. This year the project was led by John Hoggarth and Ria Parry (directors of the Fringe-first winning Iron Shoes – currently associate company at The Bush Theatre).
Among other prestigious roles John Hoggarth directed the National Youth Theatre for many years, and Ria Parry has been Director-in-Residence for the National Theatre Studio. Both are committed to North Wall goals of nurturing talent in young artists, and fostering a climate of creative and collaborative exploration. They were joined by playwright Al Smith, who mentored the young writers, and composer Dom Coyote.
Alongside the new ensemble of 26 young artists, they presented a scratch performance Fragment, a blend of songs & stories meditating on love, loss and heartache. The performance was preceded by rehearsed readings of two young student writers’ work, and exhibitions of work created by the design team throughout the project.