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Crediton Youth Theatre's tale of romance, astronomy and greed

By Echo_Bridget  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

Crediton Youth Theatre

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A feast of colour, words and music is promised in the next production from the talented Crediton Youth Theatre.

They are presenting Gold Rush on Saturday, February 22, a new musical, which includes romance, astronomy and greed in 15th century Samarkand.

It is an exotic mix of Russian, Shakespearean English and catchy tunes, and tells the story of how the evil King’s advisors kidnap Princess Mihr, and seek to blame the local Russian community.

Meanwhile, a treasure map is discovered and the race is on to find the gold. As the play unfolds, loyalties are tested and everyone has to rethink their own attitudes and prejudices.

It features a live band, costumes and set by renowned designer Tessa Kemp, original songs and plenty of intrigue.

According to the theatre company’s writer and musical director Jez Taylor, the production is their most ambitious project to date.

“We want to take the audience back to Samarkand in the 15th century, at the height of the Timurid dynasty,” he said. “The ruler, Ulugh Beg, built one of the greatest observatories of its time. We wanted our play to capture the wonder of astronomy, as well as the infighting and intrigue amongst the ruling classes at the time.

“We are trying to imagine how Shakespeare might have approached the story. There is tension and strong emotion, but also plenty of humour.”

Around 25 local youngsters will take part and the group’s last show, The Circus of Secrets, was their biggest success to date and delighted the audience at Credfest 2013.

Gold Rush plays at Crediton Arts Centre on February 22, at 4pm and 7pm. Tickets £5 and £2.50 from Crediton Community Bookshop, Sandford Stores or online at: www. ticketsource.co.uk/creditonartscentre

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