Teenager actors set to have Dickens of a time on stage

Teenagers will star in David Copperfield, an exciting adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic at the Queen’s Theatre on Sunday April 8 at 7.30pm.

Joining UK-wide celebrations marking Dickens’ 200th birthday year, the production features a cast of 14-19-year-olds from across Havering and Essex.

It is the first for the brand new drama group Cut 2, who were formed only last autumn as part of the Queen’s Youth Theatre.

A production which can be enjoyed by the whole family, this fresh, imaginative adaptation of Dickens’ popular novel centres on the wonderful life story of the young orphan David Copperfield.

The audience will journey with him through the adventures of youth to an exciting unknown future full of friendship and treachery.

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When money goes missing and little Emily disappears, can old friends still be trusted? Can David find a place to belong?

Cut 2 member Joe Balfe, 17, of Upminster, stars as the older David alongside his younger counterpart Gareth Withers, 14 , of Cranham, playing young David.

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Together, they guide the audience through the twists and turns of David’s life.

Emily Balham, 18, from Collier Row, who has been cast as eccentric Aunt Betsy and also plays the flute in the production, said: “All cast members have really brought something to their characters and they show both the play’s comical and serious sides.”

Tickets for the show cost �10 and �7 for concessions from the box office on 01708 443333.

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