Theatre Workshop makes mark at Edinburgh Fringe

Growing Pains by Sussex Theatre Workshop
Growing Pains by Sussex Theatre Workshop

More than 20 of Sussex’s most talented young actors wowed audiences at The Edinburgh Fringe with their five-star rated piece ‘Growing Pains’.

The students, all from The Theatre Workshop, a Sussex-based Performing Arts School that prepares teenagers for entrance into performing arts, re-worked and developed the highly-acclaimed piece ‘Growing Pains’ and presented it at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

Aged between 14 and 19, the students drew upon their own life experiences and those of their peers to really illustrate and represent a generation.

A week-long run in the prestigious venue 53 Surgeons Hall attracted standing ovations from its packed seats and was top reviews by The British Theatre Guide and Three Weeks Edinburgh,

‘Growing Pains’ is a series of devised pieces focusing on growing up and the issues teenagers have to cope with often behind closed doors. Tackling difficult subjects such as living with violence at home, homosexuality and how social networking has created a new platform for bullying, these talented young actors prove that ‘at 14 you don’t need sickness or death for tragedy’.

Written and directed by West End Couple Craig and Rebekah Whiteley, and with guest input from Jill Hucklesby, also including a piece devised and directed by Dave Jackson, director of The National Youth Theatre Company, ‘Growing Pains’ is set to be a success beyond the fringe, being re-worked for ITV’s Fixers and the cast will be embarking on a schools tour as part of this year’s anti bullying week.

Robin Strap, of the British Theatre Guide, said, “Every now and again you find a group that completely embraces the ‘spirit of the Fringe’ for its boldness, compassion and sheer commitment to performing. The youngsters from The Theatre Workshop in Brighton perform their highly-acclaimed devised piece Growing Pains with a confidence and tenacity that belies their age.”

More details on The Theatre Workshop and Advanced Academy at thetheatreworkshop.com