A NEW theatre company, set up with the aim of taking drama to the community, is being launched in Huddersfield later this month.
Tunnelton Productions, the brainchild of 33-year-old Scammonden writer Rachel Donkersley, will debut with her one-act play, Failed Geek Society.
Rachel says she wrote the play to explore the subject of ambition and expectation. It tells the story of three friends who were always top of the class at school and stuck together to cope with the inevitable bullying they attracted. Although all were tipped were greatness none of them went down the routes predicted by parents, teachers and their peers.
Failed Geek Society catches up with the three friends 10 years after they have left school.
She explained: “The play is about getting up off the sofa and making it happen, reliving childhood dreams and teenage self-consciousness; the reality of rejection when you know you will have tried your best.”
Tunnelton Productions has been supported and funded by the Chol Theatre Chol Generation Project, Proper Job Theatre, the Lawrence Batley Theatre and other local organisations. The plan is to take drama productions into open air venues such as parks and festivals, to reach as wide an audience as possible.
In her own ‘proper job’ Rachel is head of public sector partnerships for The Prince’s Trust in Yorkshire and Humber.
The play will be performed on Tuesday, June 26, in the Syngenta Cellar, LBT. Tickets are free and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Email email@example.com for details.