We are delighted that the National Theatre has selected the Orange Tree Theatre Connections Company to perform Alistair McDowall’s Zero for the Young Dudes! in the Olivier Theatre at the National on Monday 3 July.
The National Theatre Festival is a weeklong celebration of Connections and of young people’s theatre and it marks the end of the 2017 Connections cycle. Over five nights the NT present a performance of each of the ten plays, produced and performed by participating companies, as a showcase of the national spread and diversity of groups taking part.
In Zero for the Young Dudes! the inmates at a bizarre summer camp are plotting a revolution. Or has it already happened?
Spending a day watching their schedule of exercise, lessons and meals, a long history of unrest and injustice lies hidden, and as the day wears on, a violent future looms large on the horizon.
The cast of 15 to 19 year-olds from in and around Richmond are Astral Appleby, Kayleigh Bifield, Olive Jamieson Bown, Oscar Crowe, Joel Davison, Lew Hogan, Ryan Layden, Nia Lloyd, George Pocock, Ore Shoderu, Millie Tupper and Ayla Wheatley. The production is directed by Roberta Zuric, assisted by Izzy Cotterill, with sound design by Harrison Brodie.
Alistair McDowall is the writer of the multi award-winning Pomona which was produced at the Orange Tree before transferring to the National Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre. His other plays include X and Talk Show at the Royal Court.
With thanks to the Noel Coward Foundation for their support of this production.