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Eight short plays in one night at Skipton Town Hall

Theatre buffs are in for a treat at Skipton Town Hall as eight new plays are showcased in one evening.

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New Futures, by Pentabus Theatre Company, features the latest work from their young writers group.

The production takes place at Skipton Town Hall on Friday June 23, and explores the theme of belonging in a changing world.

This year Pentabus has expanded to include young writers in North Yorkshire giving further opportunity for 15-25 year olds from rural areas to create new writing, culminating in a professional production. Following on from the sold out success of the last four years these eight short plays explore anything from homelessness to office politics to time machines.

Directed by Sophie Motley and Neil Bull and performed by a cast of six professional actors, audiences will meet a variety of characters from time travellers to reunited friends, a raven to a scientist onto a breakthrough! 

Pentabus Artistic Director Sophie Motley said: "It's so exciting that our eight writers have connected between Shropshire and North Yorkshire to write a short play each. We're delighted to explore the issues that affect 15 to 25 year olds in rural areas. The plays are a diverse range of stories representing the fantastic imaginations and ability of our young writers."

Curator of the Young Writers Group Tim Foley said: "It's a privilege to watch these first-time writers grow throughout the year, and these eight short pieces show off their talents marvellously. From where I'm standing, the future of playwriting looks bright."

Danielle Daglan, Craven District Council's Programming & Venue Development Manager, said: "This is a really exciting opportunity for audiences in and around Craven to experience a new generation of playwrights. These young writers could be some of the big names of the future - I'd encourage anyone with an interest in theatre to come along and see something fresh and intriguing."

Pentabus Theatre Company's ground-breaking Young Writers Group is a free playwriting programme for young people aged 15-25 from rural areas. The programme offers a series of evening workshops with professional playwrights, actors, directors, producers and designers, affording young people an invaluable creative outlet and a springboard into further study and the arts industry. 

The production takes place at Skipton Town Hall on Friday June 23, at 7pm. For more information go to www.pentabus.co.uk. Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £5 for under-25s and can be bought from the Skipton Tourist Information Centre in Skipton Town Hall or by calling 01756 792809.