THEY are both theatre professionals with impressive track records.
Now they are sharing those skills and giving all of us a chance to get involved in their work.
It’s rare for an audience to be invited, not just to take part in a piece of work, but perhaps to influence its outcome.
But that is exactly what Amanda Huxtable and Marcia Layne aim to do at the Lawrence Batley Theatre with their latest work, Somebody’s Son.
Amanda, who lives in Birkby and has worked as an actress, director and writer, has teamed up with established writer Marcia Layne for this latest venture which is at the LBT on Thursday, that’s April 30.
The two have created a play which explores what it means to be a black male growing up in Britain today.
They want arts industry professionals, guests, young people and the wider community to attend a rehearsed reading of the play and potentially, to guide how it develops.
Director Amanda said: “Once the audience have observed the rehearsed reading of Somebody’s Son they will have the chance to take part in an open discussion regarding the subject matter and the work itself.”
The play looks at the lives of three teenagers – Darnell, Kieran and Anthony – who are tight friends until Rochelle and Angel come along, challenging everything they thought they knew about each other and themselves.
This will be a sneak preview of a new coming-of-age drama by acclaimed playwright Marcia Layne and will be a script in hand performance where as an audience member; you could influence the final production.
“We want to create opportunities to exchange skills and experiences with both emerging and established theatre workers from the Yorkshire region,” said Amanda.
“We will also be working with a cross section of young people chosen specifically from the Kirklees local area. The young people will have the opportunity to learn about the elements required to produce our theatre work.”
Amanda and Marcia were the team behind sell out show Lost and Found, seen at the LBT in 2007, which explored key issues with young people around the historical events of the Abolition of Slave Trading and the concept of freedom.