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Tomorrow I'll Be Happy at The Lowry & Pack Up Your Troubles at RNCM

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Salford, Greater Manchester (PRWEB UK) 1 March 2013

MORPHIC formerly CRIS (Creative Industries In Salford) present a production of a new play written by Jonathan Harvey, Tomorrow Iʼll Be Happy.

The production will be performed by the MORPHIC Young Peopleʼs Theatre Company. Members of the company are drawn from across Salford and had little or no previous formal training and now form part of The National Theatre Connections programme. For the past 2 years MORPHIC, formally CRIS, have presented an annual production which has seen the involvement of hundreds of young people from across Salford. MORPHIC aims to raise the aspirations of young people through their involvement in professional theatre productions. Many of the young people involved would not have the chance to take part in creative learning - and have overcome a range of difficulties to achieve this goal. This is the first time MORPHIC have been involved in The National Theatre Connections and the performance will celebrate the fantastic achievement of our youth on their pathway to their future. MORPHIC hopes to continue showcasing Salfordʼs future talent with another outstanding production.

The MORPHIC Young Peopleʼs Theatre Company, Islington Mill, Salford will be performing Tomorrow Iʼll Be Happy at The Lowry, Salford Quays, Tue 5 March 2013, 8pm. Tickets £4.00 available from the Lowry box office.

Connections is produced by the National Theatre and supported by a number of individuals, trusts and foundations.

Each year new plays are commissioned for and about young people from some of the best contemporary playwrights, for performance by schools and youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland, making Connections one of the worldʼs largest celebrations of youth theatre.

MORPHIC will perform Tomorrow Iʼll Be Happy, a dramatic and thought provoking new play, written by Jonathan Harvey, one of the most influential British playwrights renowned for both his theatre and television work.

When a stranger comes to a crumbling seaside town he discovers that his friend has been killed in a homophobic hate crime. The secrets of the past come spilling out and we learn all is not quite as it first seems.

MORPHIC Deputy CEO Stephanie Pearce will be producing and directing the production. After much discussion between Stephanie and members of the MORPHIC Young Peopleʼs Theatre Company, they elected to perform ʻTomorrow Iʼll be Happyʼ as they felt it was a challenging and dramatic script. The show highlights issues of homophobic hate crime something several members could relate to, strongly disapproved of or felt uneasy with. Even just discussing the topic within the group unearthed so many different emotions and points of view. The issue is still very sensitive amongst young people even in this day and age and they felt the script had the most potential for challenging stereotypes, educating audiences and realising the need to be happy with yourself.

Quotes from young people involved in the production -

  • “I thought it would be a new experience for me and I knew Iʼd meet new people and have a great time performing”
  • “Theres a great range of characters, each with their own issues, and noticeable development as it all returns to the start”
  • “I feel I have grown as a person. I have learnt so much and I have noticed it has made a good difference in my life.”

Quotes from the public regarding past MORPHIC performances-

  • “The cast, many of whom have had very little acting experience, dealt with their task superbly creating a fine evening of theatre. This is clearly a production team to look out for in the future - best wishes to CRIS for the work that they do and the results that they achieve.” Phil McGuiver
  • “Getting the 30 youngsters with no previous acting experience to perform to that height was amazing. Well done to all, canʼt wait for the next show.” Jack Danson
  • “CRIS have found actors with skill and presence and encouraged them to show the world what they can achieve.
For this yearʼs production, thirty youngsters aged eight to twenty one made it through the audition process. They have been encouraged to develop their creative abilities, and found themselves performing on The Lowry Stage. They do not fail. CRIS have worked hard to pull these young people into a cohesive team of performers; long may they continue to do so.” Helen Jones. Public Reviews ★★★★

To book now to see MORPHIC perform Tomorrow Iʼll be Happy at The Lowry on Tue 5 March, 8pm, Tickets £4.00

  • Contact the box office: 0843 208 6010

For further information, contact MORPHIC, 0161 839 7983 or steph(at)unleashingcreativity(dot)org or for more information about National Theatre Connections visit http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/connections.

MORPHIC presents Pack Up Your Troubles, a musical charting Salford life on the homefront in WW2 engaging young people from across Salford with little or no previous acting training and allowing them the opportunity to work alongside professional actors. The professional cast includes actors whoʼve appeared in episodes of popular TV series Emmerdale, The Royal, DCI Banks, The Bill and Darren Langford a former Hollyoaks regular for 2 years playing Spencer Gray. This talented cast also has theatrical experience in some of the UKʼs most prestigious theatres such as The Theatre Royal, The Royal Opera House, The Royal Exchange, The Lowry, Oldham Coliseum and The Palace.

See Pack Up Your Troubles at The Lowry, Salford quays on Tuesday 5th march at 8pm tickets going fast. Call 0843 208 6010 to avoid disappointment

MORPHIC will be performing at The Royal Northern College of Music, April 12-13, 2.30 & 7.30pm. Tickets - £8.00 concessions £5.00.
Pack Up Your Troubles is produced by Morphic and supported by a number of individuals, trusts and foundations.

For the past 2 years MORPHIC, formally CRIS, have presented an annual production which has seen the involvement of hundreds of young people from across Salford. Morphic endeavors to raise young peoples aspirations and achieve this through the production of professional theatre. Many of these young people would never have had the chances to do creative learning and raise their aspirations, and the majority have come through extremely difficult times to achieve their goals. Pack Up Your Troubles will be a culmination of intensive training in acting, singing and dance, giving first time opportunities to young people in a professional context.

The performance will celebrate the fantastic achievement of our youth on their pathway to their future. Last year saw the success of Docks Law and this year we hope to continue showcasing Salfordʼs future talent with another outstanding production.

MORPHIC will be performing Pack Up Your Troubles by Stephanie Pearce.

Quotes from young people involved in our 2012 musical drama production of Docks Law -

  • “This is the only thing I have been fully committed to in a long time”
  • “My mind has broadened to new challenges, new people and new routine. I have a productive weekend now too”
  • “Docks Law has made me more confident. I’m not shy any more. I’m not afraid to perform in front of people. It has brought me out of my shell so I am not scared to be myself”
  • “I feel more confident since doing Docks Law. I have become much happier, and at the moment I love my life.”
  • “I feel I have grown as a person. I have learnt so much and I have noticed it has made a good difference in my life.”

Quotes from the public regarding past performances-

  • “Having had the tremendous good fortune to see this production, I can firmly say it was excellent. The whole cast and musical ensemble were fantastic. Well done to all involved.” Jim Robinson
  • “Getting the 30 youngsters with no previous acting experience to perform to that height was amazing. Well done to all, canʼt wait for the next show.” Jack Danson
  • “The best show Iʼve seen in a long time.” Agnes Jones
  • “The cast, many of whom have had very little acting experience, dealt with their task superbly creating a fine evening of theatre. This is clearly a production team to look out for in the future - best wishes to CRIS for the work that they do and the results that they achieve.” Phil McGuiver
  • “Docks law was an impressive show which held the audience in thrall. To bring this together with a few professionals and the cast mainly taken from local amateurs, who have never been involved with the stage, is truly remarkable. It was a pity to be just a single performance, it certainly deserved to be experienced by more people. For the cast of youngsters of Salford it will remain a highlight of their youth. These ventures deserve support and I will certainly look forward to the next event, and will be encouraging others to come and experience something special.” David Cade.
  • “To all who were involved - you all worked very hard to produce such a professional production - look forward to the next one.” Grace Jarvis
  • “CRIS have found actors with skill and presence and encouraged them to show the world what they can achieve. For this year’s production, thirty youngsters aged eight to twenty one made it through the audition process. They have been encouraged to develop their creative abilities, and found themselves performing on the Lowry Stage. They do not fail. CRIS have worked hard to pull these young people into a cohesive team of performers; long may they continue to do so.” Helen Jones. Public Reviews ★★★★

To book now to see MORPHIC perform Pack Up Your Troubles contact The Royal Northern College of Music. Box Office: 0161 907 5555. http://www.rncm.ac.uk.

For further information, contact MORPHIC, 0161 839 7983 or steph(at)unleashingcreativity(dot)org

Editors Notes:
MORPHIC is the new name of Creative Industry in Salford (CRIS), which was established in 2003. After much deliberation the Board of Directors have decided to re-brand CRIS as MORPHIC a new name to take the company forward into the future. We will continue to provide the same high standard of services to communities and individuals across Greater Manchester.

For further information contact
Stephanie Pearce,
Deputy CEO, MORPHIC.
I S L I N G T O N M I L L S T U D I O S . J A M E S S T . S A L F O R D . M 3 5 H W
T: 0161 839 7983

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