Adults at the egg

Depression. Glitched style photo.

BATH’S dedicated youth theatre space, the egg, is inviting adult audiences in for three new shows this month.

The Bath Theatre Royal space will showcase the talents of older performers, with three productions featuring members of Engage (its programme for adult participants) and the TRB Theatre School.

From Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st July, the show is This Perfect World, performed by members of the TRB Theatre School present . Set in a brave new future where everything from healthcare to happiness is centrally controlled by the ubiquitous LifeWatch, an automated technological revolution appears to hold the answers.

But what lies behind the black mirror? Can we ever construct the perfect life? Is a connected society necessarily a happier one? And what do we sacrifice in the pursuit of Utopia …?

Human chain paper with light and shadow on wood table

This Perfect World has been devised and performed by HIVE, 11 young adults from the theatre school who recently formed a theatre company of strangers, and alongside their daily lives of flipping burgers, serving punters, cramming for exams and colour-coding spreadsheets, also create theatre for those who are greedy for art, inspiration and honesty.

The final production is Legacy, a timely new play from award-winning writer Matt Grinter, directed by Lee Lyford and performed across two venues at the egg theatre. There are performances from 25th to 27th July.

Set in an apparently leafy village, the community gathers to debate their complicated history, the thorny dilemma of what’s in a name, and whether they should pin their colours to the philanthropic acts of a slave trader? People talk passionately about forgiveness, responsibility, morality and community, and the need to speak out against a wrong that happened before they were born.

Quietly however, something begins to happen to them, something that each of them tries their best to ignore…

All three plays are suitable for audiences aged 18 and older.  For more information about all of these productions phone 01225 823409 or 448844 or visit the website, www.theatreroyal.org.uk