Graveyard play could be performed at National Theatre

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A group of young actors are rehearsing for a production ahead of a potential move to the South Bank's National Theatre.

RAW Academy, which trains local up-and-coming actors aged 13 to19, while stage Angels, a play written by Father Ted actress Pauline McLynn.

Set in a graveyard, the plot focuses on eight young people cleaning up as part of a community project.

Performances will take place from March 17 to March 21 at the Lovegrove Theatre in Churchfields, South Woodford, before potentially transferring to the National Theatre on the South Bank.

The performance is part of the National Theatre Connections Festival, which includes performances from youth theatres all over the world.

Angels and other plays will be performed by various theatre groups and one of each play will be chosen to perform at the National Theatre in July.

Director Mark Bagnall said: “We want to urge everyone not to miss this great new play and to help support the young, local, talented cast who have been working tirelessly rehearsing this great piece of work for people to marvel at and enjoy.

“Angels is a very funny, yet moving story of some young people taking part in a cleanup campaign whilst being watched and observed by some graveyard angel statues.”

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