The North Wall Arts Centre and St Edward’s School today announce the launch of a new youth theatre company, OX2 Collective. The company will include students from The Swan School in Marston and pupils from St Edward’s School, who together will work towards a production of Wind / Rush Generation(s) by Mojisola Adebayo, which will be performed at The North Wall as part of National Theatre Connections festival in May 2021. Whilst the first rehearsals will take place online, the company hopes to gather in person in the new year.
Katrina Eden, Head of Co-Curricular Drama at St Edward’s School, and Abie Walton, The North Wall’s participation officer, will lead the company as joint directors.
“We are so thrilled to start work with OX2 Collective this year, it’s been a good few years in conversation and a project that we are both very passionate about,” said Abie. “We love NT Connections because it gives young people the opportunity to perform in a piece of new writing and be part of a nationwide festival, celebrating theatre and young artists.”
2021 will mark The North Wall’s eighth year as a National Theatre Connections partner theatre. Bringing together over 300 youth theatre companies and 6000 young people each year in venues across the country, the festival stages new plays written by some of the brightest playwrights of today, performed by the theatre-makers of tomorrow.