Twelfth Night | Behind the Scenes with our Community Chorus

Come backstage with us, to the loud and bubbly atmosphere of the dressing rooms where our fantastic Community Chorus are getting ready for a performance of Twelfth Night.

Many have a pre-existing love of the theatre – some participating in previous Taking Part community productions, some totally new to the stage.

The 60-strong Young Vic Community Chorus for Twelfth Night spans many different backgrounds, generations and stories. The youngest chorus member is 18, whilst the oldest is in her mid-80s.

Cathy, 86, spent her working life in war zones for the United Nations. She can now be found on the Young Vic stage 4 nights a week. After a spell in Matthew Bourne’s company, Neil found himself homeless, which is how he came to be in Go Between, a Young Vic Taking Part production which was performed by a company who had all had some form of contact with homelessness, either directly or indirectly. Neil now works for St Mungo’s, and brought a group from the hostel to see him perform.

They share the stage with 18, 19 and 20 year-olds who come from our local boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.

Amongst the backstage hubbub, we captured some quieter moments to gain an insight into what happens behind the scenes of our “joyous and dazzlingly colourful musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy at the Young Vic.

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Community chorus preparing for the stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Community chorus preparing for the stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Lending a hand. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Doing hair in the dressing room. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Final checks backstage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Some extra curricular. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Seeing it from the audience’s perspective. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Backstage excitement of some of our Community Chorus. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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The community atmosphere, on stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.

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Watching from the wings. Photo by Leon Puplett.

Twelfth Night runs at the Young Vic until 19 Nov. Book Tickets now.

Head to our website to find out more about Taking Part and how you can get involved in their future projects, workshops and productions.

The Jungle wins at South Bank Awards 2018

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We’re incredibly proud and excited to announce that The Jungle has won the theatre category at the South Bank Awards 2018! A huge congratulations to everyone that has worked on this brilliant production.

The Jungle premiered with a sold-out run at the Young Vic last year and is now playing at the Playhouse Theatre until 3rd November 2018. Tickets are available to book here.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Billie Piper is Yerma + extra dates added

We’re so excited to reveal that Billie Piper will play Yerma in Simon Stone’s new version of Federico García Lorca’s masterpiece.

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Billie Piper makes her Young Vic debut as Yerma. Her previous theatre credits include: Great Britain, The Effect – Olivier nomination for Best Actress (National Theatre); Reasons To Be Pretty (Almeida),Treats – Evening Standard Theatre nomination for Best Actress (Garrick). Her film work includes: City of Tiny Lights, Animals United, Things to Do Before You’re 30, The Calcium Kid and Spirit Trap. Television credits include: Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, Doctor Who, A Passionate Woman, The Shadow in the North, The Ruby in the Smoke, Much Ado About Nothing, True Love, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Canterbury Tales: The Miller’s Tale and Mansfield Park.

This achingly powerful story of a young woman desperate to become a mother expresses the anguish of a society battling to free itself from its past. Simon Stone’s new version re-imagines Lorca’s original for London today.

Stone’s version of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck was a sensation at the Barbican in 2014. Now he writes and directs his first original work for the UK.

As well as this incredible casting news, we’re also extending Yerma‘s run due to huge demand for tickets. The production will now play until 24 Sept and you can book now for the extra dates.

Yerma plays at the Young Vic from 28 July – 24 Sept, to book tickets click here.