Toonspeak’s outstanding production TELT will be premiered at the Tron Theatre this August.
Building on the success of last year’s production Ma Bit, that premiered with a sold-out matinee and evening show at The Tron – Toonspeak have decided to expand their offering with a run of two days of shows on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 August when they will once again take to the stage of the iconic Tron Theatre.
TELT is a slick, stylish, large-scale contemporary theatre production that has been co-created and performed by 50 young people and a team of creative professionals in association with Mark Murphy.
Built on the lived experiences of young people in some of Glasgow’s most deprived communities, TELT will be the 23rd major production created by Toonspeak, using their acclaimed co-devising processes. Their largest-scale show yet will have a vital, current and compelling theme.
Toonspeak presents the future of young people with fifty young performers, designers, technicians and writers bringing a visually exciting, physically dynamic and aurally thrilling production to the stage – documenting the journey and real lives of teenagers in Glasgow to the imagined lives of them as the leaders or the bleak future that has been mapped out for them through recent political events.
Jasmine Main, one of the young people who has come through Toonspeak who is an actor in her own right and now works regularly with them, said: “TELT is an incredible piece of work – the young people have been inspired by shows such as the Glasgow Girls – seeing young people like them on stage who are sharing the harsh realities that Glasgow’s young people face has very much been an inspiration for them to share their own stories while writing and devising this production. Audiences may be sitting comfortably at the start, but that won’t last for long!”
Rachel Smith, Artistic Director at Toonspeak, said: “Toonspeak celebrated its 30th year last year – to grow from something that was originally set up to give young people in the North East of Glasgow something creative and fun to do, to now working with communities across Glasgow and bringing world-class theatre productions to a professional theatre stage is just incredible.”