Friday, 11 January 2013

1623 associate trainee Oliver Tunstall will graduate soon from East 15 Acting School. Here, he shares some exciting news on Boneyard, a theatre company that he's founded with fellow students.

ollietunstallSandpits Avenue is a new piece of theatre brought to you by Boneyard, a fresh and edgy collective that's grown out of East 15’s Acting and Contemporary Theatre course

The production explores how boys cope when they return from war to their dead-beat hometowns and are reunited with their friends and lovers.

sandpits avenueOur story follows Gwilliam as he returns from the front line of Afghanistan to Sandpits. He has a secret to hide about the friend he left behind. Slam poetry, an original folk-music score and physical theatre merge graciously to tell our story.

Sandpits Avenue was born from a love of real stories, real people and a want to blend styles in ways that can open up theatre to a new type of audience, as well as existing theatre goers. Mixing and matching genres, Sandpits Avenue is performed entirely in beat poetry, which is an exciting venture for spoken word and theatre.

Boneyard and Sandpits Avenue were created for the DEBUT festival mentored by China Plate at East 15. Nathalie Wain was mentored by playwright April de Angelis (Jumpy, Playhouse Creatures, Hush) as part of the festival, which has seen the birth of Snuff Box Theatre Company, Bear Trap Theatre Company and most recently Antler Theatre. Boneyard is determined to follow in their footsteps.

Sandpits Avenue will be performed on 22 and 23 February 2013, 7.30-8.30pm, at East 15 Acting School. More details are on the Boneyard website



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