A GROUP of Morpeth teenagers will take to the stage for a play that examines a sensitive subject.
Dig Theatre, part of the A-level Performance studies class at King Edward VI School, is performing Pronoun by Evan Placey as part of the National Theatre Connections initiative.
Funding to help with costs has been provided by the Keyfund organisation following a successful application.
The main characters in the play are Josh and Isabella. The childhood sweethearts had spent their early teenage years planning their future together, but when Josh returns from holiday for their final school year, Isabella has become Dean.
Eilish Stout-Cairns, who plays Dean, said: “It has been difficult to capture how the character would be feeling, but I’ve done a lot of research into what people go through when they are struggling with their gender identity, especially children and teenagers.
“I’m looking forward to performing the role and it’s quite an eye-opening play, so it will be interesting to see the audience’s reaction.”
Dean’s best friend Amy and Kyle are preparing for their wedding and the other parts include the school’s senior management team and a trio of doctors.
Rebecca Cowell, who plays Amy and one of the doctors, said: “Amy is a funny character and she is a lot more interested in what Dean is going through than her own wedding.
“The play deals with the subject head on, but there are also some comedic elements which makes it a bit easier for the audience.”
A character called James Dean (played by Gregory Waddell) also appears, based on the actor best known for being a rebellious teen in the film Rebel Without a Cause.
Gregory said: “I’m excited about the challenge of acting like James Dean did in his films and I enjoyed watching them to help my preparation.
“My character has some fun interactions with Dean, but there are also some emotional and heartfelt moments between us.”
The KEVI production of Pronoun will be directed by student Alex Sikkink, who found the play appealing for a few different reasons.
It will be performed tomorrow and Saturday in the drama studio from 7pm. People aged 15 and above can buy tickets, priced £3, from the school office (01670 515415) or on the door.