Local young people invited to be part of a new theatre production of Cinderella being brought to lif

404 Productions are breathing fresh life into the classic tale of Cinderella, in a new theatrical production for families taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Royal Victoria Country Park’s newly refurbished Chapel building and are inviting local young people to get involved.

Hampshire based theatre and film makers 404 Productions will bring to life the magical tale of Cinderella in an original production that promises to be both thrilling and enchanting for families this Christmas. Staged in the recently refurbished Chapel building at Royal Victoria Country Park, the production will see professional artists and local young talent come together to tell the story like never before, and the 404 team are inviting young people to get involved by joining their new young company.

404 productions are working with Royal Victoria Country Park to make the best use of the newly renovated Chapel Building and bring the magical tale to life by staging the production in a traverse configuration, allowing the audience to take in their surroundings as they watch the energetic ensemble performance emerge from every corner of the room.

404's Artistic Director Daniel Hill said: “We love to tell stories in new and exciting ways, and we are so thrilled to be able to make a show especially for the Chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park. It gives us so many opportunities, to use the full potential of the space, with action happening in front, behind and above the audience.”

"A project like this enriches the whole community"

Hampshire County Council owns Royal Victoria Country Park and has recently re-opened the Chapel to visitors following restoration. Executive Member for Recreation and Heritage, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: “The newly-restored chapel has been very well received throughout the summer, since it opened in July. Holding a production in the chapel is a great way to attract a different set of visitors to the chapel, and show it off in a new way. It’s also good to see so many young people having the opportunity to take a direct professional involvement in a production; a project like this enriches the whole community.”

The new production has been written by 404 associate Matt Beames from Hedge End with Lyrics by young associate 17-year-old Kayleigh Benham from Eastleigh, the production will also incorporate original songs and music composed by associate Composer David Lewington and young associate 18-year old Aidan Cooper from Eastleigh.

To be part of the production the 404 team are inviting young people aged between 15 and 21 who are keen to develop their skills for a future career in the arts to join their young company and are especially interested in working with young people who are keen to learn about multiple aspects of creating theatre and film.

Daniel Hill added: “Over the years I have found that there are many young people who have a rounded talent and varied interest in different aspects of theatre and film making and I believe that giving young people the platform to explore all the avenues available to them in the arts is crucial to their personal development as well as helping to enhance their social and economic potential.”

The team behind 404 Productions have years of experience in working with young people through honest, collaborative experiences and the Young Company will work with the 404 team to bring stories to life both on stage and film. Young Company members will also have the opportunity to become a 404 Young Associate, where they will benefit from one to one mentorship and professional creative opportunities in writing, composing, directing, performance and production roles.

"Not only are they interested in my work, but as me as a person and how I can gain the most from the experiences offered to me"

Current Young Associate Writer Kayleigh Benham said: “Being a writer for 404 Productions has given me an array of incredible opportunities, and my work is being treated with a level of professionalism and respect that a person of my age can struggle to find. I am being mentored and offered support at each step and it’s an incredibly friendly, focused and collaborative company. Not only are they interested in my work, but as me as a person and how I can gain the most from the experiences offered to me. To see my name on the 404 Productions projects is nothing short of a dream.”

For more information on the production including booking tickets or to find out about joining the young company, visit 404 productions’ website at www.404productions.co.uk

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