Staged a brand new earth amphitheatre in Shropshire built in response to Covid-19,The Last Harvest will take audiences on a fire-lit journey from the future to now in a dystopian outdoor promenade spectacle.The show is the latest instalment of MELT, a three year environmental epic in response to the climate crisis in partnership with the University of Hull. It’s the first show NYT have staged for live in-person audiences, after an extensive programme of online work over the last six months.
Sustainable farmer Tim Ashton built The Sanctuary Theatre, which will host The Last Harvest, at Soulton Hall farm as a response to the struggles highlighted in the arts industry as a result of COVID-19 and is campaigning for other farmers to do the same in a nationwide movement. The Last Harvest is part of Signal Fires, which this autumn will see the UK’s leading touring theatre companies share stories around fires. The production will take place under strict Covid-secure guidelines.
Paul Roseby OBE, CEO and Artistic Director of National Youth Theatre said: “After six months of engaging large online audiences on the virtual stage, our first 'on-the-ground' production will be exactly that with an outdoor promenade spectacle in a brand new earth amphitheatre in Shropshire. The Last Harvest will see Britain's best young talent bring to life this beautiful new performance space, created by sustainable farmer Tim Ashton in response to the growing demand for live in-person performance following the closing of theatres due to the global pandemic"
The health and safety of young performers, audiences, and staff will be the top priority during The Last Harvest. All those involved in the project will implement COVID secure measures to ensure that thee full process, from rehearsal to performance, is in line with the current government guidelines, following strict hygiene protocols and allowing for social distancing.
A BSL interpreter will be preset on the performance on Thursday 22nd October.
Devised by the Creative Team and NYT Company
Co-Director Zoe Lafferty
Co-Director Joel Scott
Creative Director - Paul Roseby
Production Stage Manager - Anthony Papamichael
Assistant Stage Manager -Stuart Thomson
Movement Direction - Rachel Hosker, Jeffery Sangalang and Kwami Odoom, The PappyShow
Lighting Designer - Bethany Gupwell
Sound Designer - George Ackerley
Costume Supervisor - Caitlin Shephard
'Black Dog' Prop Designer and Maker- Rosheen McNamee
Choir leader - Naomi Hammerton
Site Manager - Tim Ashton
Production Photographer - Helen Murray
Filmmaker - Jay Jones
Drone Operator - Isaac Morrison
With special thanks to all at Soulton Hall for making this debut production at The Sanctuary Theatre possible.
Alexander Da Fonsenca
Sharen Kaur Nagra