A Brief Snapshot: The Showcase

The deadline to register for NFYT 2016 is fast approaching. Take a look at our brochure to find out what the festival includes, and keep checking our Facebook and Twitter pages for more details and updates.

As part of the festival, some youth theatres apply to devise and put on a performance. We’ve already revealed a little of what you can expect from APA’s performance here. The second showcase we’re raising the curtain on is:


We Really Want To Win but We Don’t Want To Try Too Hard

by Volcano Youth Company

This play tackles the subject of young people’s performance, and their ambivalent relationship with sport. Competitive exercise, or sport, is touted as being good for participation, sharing goals, and the joy of winning…but what if you don’t actually like it?

Some feel the elation of victory, and the joy of having shared something. But someone has to be the loser.
This show is about the anxieties that some of us feel when we are thrown a ball, or have to swim in the pool,
or run a race…it’s about how we cope with winning, losing and living in a sports mad world.

Volcano Youth Company are a newly formed collective from South Wales – drawn together through their desire to avoid reproducing traditional theatre pieces, and instead create contemporary, devised, physical performances that excite and challenge both themselves and their audiences. The group are in their late teens, with some still in education, and some having just recently left.

Performed for the first time at NFYT ’16, this devised piece emerged from a series of workshops that revealed each member’s different views on sport, from the ambivalent to the negative (Swansea is a sports mad city). It is unusual to make a show about a subject that is largely problematic for the participants, and the devised, physical nature of the performance will make it challenging for the performers and audience alike. Described as revealing, skilful, risky and very funny, make sure you’re on the ball and catch this one.


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