Rounders To Delight
The Stephen Joseph Theatre’s Youth Theatre group, Rounders, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and next month current and former members join together in a new play by Scarborough writer Christopher York.
All Delighted People, directed by Cheryl Govan, is set in a derelict fairground, a place of cider, chips and gravy, where the world can be put to rights and young minds united.
Christopher York says: “I've been lucky enough to work with Cheryl and the Rounders in developing this play. We spent evenings discussing what it means to grow up in Scarborough. There is so much love there, but I identified with the recurring notion of wanting to break free from the castle walls, to escape, if only for a moment. Scarborough is beautiful, it is home, but being a young person, with no money, in the middle of November, in a tourist destination is difficult. You get itchy feet, and you just want to fly away and dance.”
Cheryl Govan says: “We are really excited to be celebrating 40 years of Rounders. All Delighted People is a great way to mark the youth theatre’s commitment to new writing and nurturing locally grown talent. It’s exciting, bold and entertaining and reflects our current cohort of young people’s thoughts on what it’s like to be a teenager in our town.
“Rounders alumni include Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey), Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach) and Samuel Barnett (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) – who knows what stars of the future you may see?”
Christopher York’s play Build A Rocket will have its world premiere this summer at The Stephen Joseph Theatre.
His play 212 is currently in development after featuring at both The Bunker and Theatre Deli in 2017. His short plays Jimbob, Seven People, A Million Little Hands and Jesus is a Rochdale Girl have been performed at venues such as The Arcola, Southwark Playhouse and The Arts Theatre.
Christopher is a member of The Faction and a recipient of the High Tide First Commissions Award as well as being shortlisted for the Old Vic 12.
Born and brought up in Scarborough, he is a graduate of The University of York and trained at Mountview Academy. He also went to Scarborough’s Gladstone Road Junior School, Graham School and Scarborough 6th Form College.
Rounders To Delight, 16th May 2018, 13:28 PM