Win a pair of tickets to the sold-out Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home

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Become a Friend of the YV by midnight on Thursday 16 August and you’ll be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to a sold out-performance of the Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home on Thursday 30 August. Join us for an exclusive pre-show drinks reception with some of our supporters before you enjoy the show.

By becoming a Friend you’ll be supporting the Directors Program, our unique training program for emerging directors, and Taking Part, our deep rooted education and engagement program in our local area.

We are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of artists and enhancing the lives of our local community. Come join us.

How to Enter?

Sign up to become a Friend or Good Friend of the Young Vic before midnight on Thursday 16 August and email friends@youngvic.org to confirm your entry.

Terms and Conditions

The winner will be selected at random from entrants and contacted on Thursday 23 August. Entrants must become a YV Friend or Good Friend before midnight on Thursday 16 August 2018 to enter. 1 pair of tickets for the Fun Home performance at 19:30 on Thursday 30 August.

Jenna Russell in Fun Home at the Young Vic. Photo by Marc Brenner

Win tickets to A Streetcar Named Desire!

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

Gillian Anderson as Blanche DuBois. Photo by Johan Persson.

It’s competition time! We want your best “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers” à la Blanche DuBois via an Instagram video.

Our favourite will win tickets to the NT Live performance of A Streetcar Named Desire here at the Young Vic (being broadcast around the world!) at 7pm on Tuesday 16 September.

Follow us on Instagram and use the hashtag when posting your video.

You have until 6pm on Mon 1 Sept.  The winner will be announced shortly after. Oh and remember, we don’t want realism, we want magic! Good luck!

Win a Season in the Congo poster signed by Chiwetel Ejiofor & company!

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6 lucky people will win a signed copy of the A Season in the Congo poster!  To be entered to win, simply retweet our trailer or like and share the trailer on Facebook.  We’ll announce the winners on Weds 7 August!  Tickets are still available to A Season in the Congo at youngvic.org.

Win a trip to Paris to see The Suit

The Young Vic, Time Out and World Stages London are hosting a competition to win a trip to Paris to see The Suit before it comes to London!

Winners will receive round-trip Eurostar tickets for two, a two-night stay in the luxurious 4 star Champs Elysees McMahon hotel, and tickets to see the world premiere of The Suit at the celebrated Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.  A new musical adapted and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, The Suit is based on Can Themba’s heartbreakingly beautiful South African story of lust, betrayal and retribution.

The competition is free to enter and closes 1 April – enter here now for your chance to win!

To Win or Not To Win FREE Hamlet Tickets?

Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Hamlet or another? I ask the average non- or semi-Shakespeare fan what their favourite story from arguably our most influential author is, and it usually has some correlation with what they studied back in the classroom.

If that is the case then I guess mine should be Macbeth, following my captivating performance as Macduff in Drama Studies (Year 9). My teacher (a harsh critic) called me “brittle”, whilst of course my mother found my display worthy of an Oscar (and ice-cream on the way home).

Nevertheless, I seem to lean towards Hamlet for some reason. I never studied it, or acted in it (‘brittle boy’ never made it past Year 9 Drama) and when I mention it to my inner circle (which consists of some very borderline Shakespeare fans), I get that timeless query: “Is that the one with ‘To be or not to be…’” Despite that lack of inspiration, a combination of internet exploring, coupled with DVDs watching many from Sir Lawrence Olivier to Kenneth Branagh take on the role of the Prince of Denmark drowning in a sea of treachery, revenge, incest, moral corruption, madness and revenge means this classic, powerful tragic tale still gets my vote every time.

That’s explains my personal excitement, and why I can rest assured a mouth-watering on stage adaptation with Michael Sheen (Underworld, Twilight, Frost/Nixon, Kingdom of Heaven) in lead role, awaits those lining up to watch Hamlet at the Young Vic Theatre this winter.

And for any teenagers around the UK (some of which may be shifting through Shakespeare for their new year exams), the Young Vic + Penguin’s Spinebreakers Hamlet Script Writing Competition is your time to showcase your own play-writing skills for a chance to experience Hamlet full on. This is not only a fun opportunity, but a chance to step into Shakespeare’s shoes and inspire David Lan (Young Vic’s Artistic Director) with your own storytelling on the themes of ‘madness and revenge’. 2 winners in return will receive a FREE pair of tickets to watch Hamlet at the Young Vic as well as autographed posters and programmes, with 13 runners-up getting a Spinebreakers special edition of the book.

The Hamlet Script-Writing Competition runs until 9 January 2012. Enter here.

From Dwain Lucktung, editor of Penguin’s Spinebreakers.co.uk


Sugar overload…

Happy Halloween from all of us at the Young Vic!

We  had a Halloween bake-off yesterday. Results? Well, judged by Ian Rickson (the director of our current production of Hamlet), the winners are….

In first place we have Box Office Naomi's black rose cake!

Runner-up: Marketing Katie's owl cupcakes

Runner-up: Development Vicki's pumpkin seed muffins

Some of the many other entries…

Taste Theatre Nicola's double-headed gingerbread men

Box Office Claire's straw-legs spider cupcakes

Associate Company Fevered Sleep's Fevered Sleep cake

Box Office Lyvia's rat and bat cupcakes

Finance Janine's spider rice crispies

mmmmm!

The Great Big Conker Competition

Announcing The Great Big Conker Competition!

Our Associate Company Fevered Sleep are looking for conkers for their production of Forest. They’ve already collected dozens, but are looking for hundreds more! We have a box by the Box Office dying to be filled. Please give us a hand.

Plus! Whoever can find a conker larger than this and send us a photo of it (or drop it off at the box office) before the end of September will win something fun!

Go forth and conker!!

Who’s your favourite mum?

#TantalisingTuesdays time! Tell us who your favourite mum is (and why) for your chance to win a pair of tickets to our 5-star show The Beauty Queen of Leenane. If you’ve already seen the show – we’ll send you a programme. If you have a programme already, we’ll send you something else really good.

Either leave a comment here, email feedback@youngvic.org or post on our Facebook wall.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane, now playing, is all about a very complicated mother-daughter relationship. Mag, who is played by Rosaleen Linehan, has been described as a ‘monster of passive-aggressive manipulation’ (The Stage), a ‘cantankerous hypochondriac’  (Independent) and a ‘house-ridden, tyrannical mother’ (New York Times) — altogether an absolutely unforgettable character. This has got us thinking about other memorable mothers, and we’ve asked some of our staffers who their favourite famous mums are! Here they are:

Chris, our Box Office & Sales Manager’s favourite mum is Norman’s mother in the movie Psycho. She’s a pretty scary figure, but Chris says, ‘It’s not like my mother is a maniac or a raving thing. She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven’t you?’

Vicki, our Development Officer loves Edina from Absolutely Fabulous, whose children set a good example for her rather than the other way around. Vickie says, ‘Eddie is hilarious — she’s everything a mother shouldn’t be.’

Anca, one of our Marketing Managers, says that her favourite mums(!) are more figurative: Linda Acredolo and Susan Goodwyn, the women who developed teaching sign language to non-signing families to communicate with their hearing infants/toddlers. ‘It’s amazing being able to sign with my nephew… from about 11 months, he would sign ‘please’, pass me a book and then climb into my lap so that I would read a book to him,’ Anca says.

Liza, PA to our Artistic Director David Lan, says her favourite famous mum is Diana Rigg, the gorgeous star of The Avengers. Why? ‘My mum was the spitting image of her — she used to get stopped in the street!’

Alan, our Director of Marketing, Press & Sales says that his favourite mother is his own!

Some other mothers we talked about are Medea, Mrs. Bennet , Princess Diana, Molly Weasley, and the ‘Tiger Mother’ — who’s your favourite unforgettable mum?

Congratulations!

We’re happy to announce that the winner of the Penguin’s Spinebreakers + Young Vic The Glass Menagerie Script-Writing Competition (13 – 18 year olds) is Amber Thomas!

Congratulations Amber, see you at the Press Night of The Glass Menagerie and hope you enjoy the complimentary production programme and playtext by Tennessee Williams!

Winning Entry:

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This play is set in 1960’s Liverpool. It is set in a little cottage in the middle of town.

Props:
Teddy: Belongs to Lilly and is a special toy, she is unable to sleep without it.
Banana: Toby eats which infuriates Jane.
Pram: Where Lilly sleeps for some of the time.

The Characters:
Jane: Mother to Lilly and wife to Toby. A worrier, but headstrong and firm, she knows what she wants and how to get it.
Toby: Father to Lilly and husband to Jane. Is unable to find a job and support his family. Desperatly wants to impress his father.
Lilly: Child of Toby and Jane.

Scene One

(Lights up on a kitchen where Jane stands juggling a baby on her hips looking at the clock. When she speaks it is with a Liverpudlian accent.)

Jane: Hush now darling, Daddy will be home in a minute. A minute isn’t long to wait, (Looks at child) no it’s not is it, not when poor Mummy has been good to you all day.

(Picks up a Teddy from kitchen table.)

Jane: Look sweetie, who is it? It’s… Teddy!

(Door flings open, and in strolls a flustered Toby. Shrugs off his coat and throws it on the floor. There is a pause as he looks at Jane, but then flops down in a chair.)

Jane: Well?

Toby: There is nothing going, I have tried everywhere, the docks, the factory down the road. No where is offering.

Jane: We can’t live like this Toby. I can’t live like this. I agreed to move out of me parents house when Lilly was born, but we can’t carry on like this. Do you know Toby we’ve had five more bills today, not to mention the rent, Lilly has hardly any clothes and she sleeps in her pram…

(Toby interrupts angerily.)

Toby: What is it you want from me Jane. Yes I haven’t got a job, yes we are in debt, yes Lilly hasn’t got much- but there isn’t much else I can do but try.

Jane: There is Toby. When we found out about Lilly you said you would support us. YOU said you would put a roof over me head, and it all sounded so romantic so I believed yer, and now look where we are. Lilly deserves better, Toby, I deserve better.

(Jane turns around towards a pram in the corner and gently lies Lilly down. She then turns towards Toby.)

Jane: Toby, look. The fact is this. There is a financial crisis in this country, and everyone needs jobs, including you. We can’t carry on like this. I should still be at school, learning about Shakeswear and Jane Adams and Emma Bronter… or whatever they’re called. But no, instead I am stuck with a man who can’t put two and two together and go and ask for a job from his father. No, you have to prove a point and go and beg. Toby, you are not the person you were five years ago, you have responsibilities as a father and husband, so face up to them.

Toby: Jane you know that when me parents found out about you and Lilly they cut me off. You know I told them that I would stand by you, and you know that they said they would cut me off. I chose you, Lilly and a life that I know would not be easy- so give me a break here. I will have a job soon.

(Jane stands up and puts on coat.)

Toby: Where you off to then?

Jane: If you will not ask your parents then I will. We are 16 and 17 Toby, we can hardly look after ourselves let alone Lilly, I feel embarrassed to take her into town with her clothes and her pram. If your parents say no then… well… we will have to cross that bridge when it comes to it.

(Toby grabs Jane’s hand.)

Toby: You can’t go there Jane. Please. Please.

Jane: Why?

Toby: Because… because… because Jane ever since I was little I have wanted to impress me father. He was never interested. All he liked was the booze and the girls, I came last. (Voice Trembles.) I suppose with Lilly I wanted to prove him wrong, make him proud. I know it is stupid, and it is, but I just want him to think “Me boy has done good.”

Jane (scathing): Ahhhh, touching, really. But that does not solve the problem here Toby. (Picks up a banana) The point is we are barely surviving. And I am not going to bring up Lilly like this, not knowing whether she is coming on going. She could surprise us all, and bring us into a lap of luxury, but unless you get a job. It. Will. Not. Happen. (Brandishes banana at him. Toby snatches away, peels and eats hungrily).

Jane (angry): Do yer not get it Toby? Do you not know how much a banana costs? A pound for four it does. We won’t have bananas or any type of food in this house if this carries on and then it comes down to me to scavenge for food, don’t it. Don’t you know me life is full of worries- about you, Lilly and now your job…

Toby (interrupts): I promise yer, I will nave a job by next Wednesday, cross me heart hope to die.

Jane: You better, otherwise I am taking Lilly and meself back to me mams and dads and yer won’t see her again.

(Pause)

Oh, and didn’t I tell yer, I am pregnant again, so yer have a lot more to lose than banana. (Walks out of the room.)

My memory of studying The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams for GCSE English Lit

I distinctly recall studying The Glass Menagerie as a “memory play” for my GCSE English Literature course ten years ago. My main concern back then as a 16 year-old school student was memorising key quotes like “You live in a dream: you manufacture illusions” and of course, making sure that there were always 2 N’s, 2 S’s and 4 E’s in Tennessee.

It was the first time I’d questioned why anyone would want to collect glass animals. I was never obsessed with things like that as a child, I was not even close to having an imaginary world like Laura Wingfield does, but I did recognise that there was a certain magic in the way that light could dance through cut glass.

Another fond memory was my English teacher trying her hardest to read the play out loud in her attempt at a southern drawl – you know, to help us really imagine the setting of the play in America’s Deep South. She had an air of being a fading Southern belle herself, but the South of England was hardly the same, and whilst we appreciated her efforts, her attempt at the accent didn’t help us much.

If I had been given the chance to see The Glass Menagerie performed on stage when I was studying it, there’s no doubt that it would have enhanced my understanding of the play and let’s face it, it would have been more fun! The Young Vic’s stage production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie will hopefully save thousands of English teachers the embarrassment of attempting a Southern drawl and The Glass Menagerie Script-writing Competition we have set up on Spinebreakers.co.uk will hopefully encourage teenagers across the UK to write their own plays inspired by family and in doing so, better understand what it was like for Tennessee Williams to write this play back in the 1940s about his own real life.

Danielle Innes, (competition judge and editor of Spinebreakers.co.uk)

The Glass Menagerie Script-Writing Competition runs until 31 Oct 2010 and is open to UK residents aged 13-18. Entry is on Spinebreakers.co.uk.