Thirteen-year-old Owen Bradley from Lower Gornal in Dudley will be appearing as Edna Turnblad, a wonderful character in the Broadway and West End smash hit musical Hairspray, with a local company called The Young Ones, at Netherton Arts Centre from February 14-17. The Young Ones have been around for decades. They began as a mixed adult and youth group performing pantomimes and today consist of performers aged 10-22 years old. Owen joined for their pantomime, Ali Baba, and has never looked back.
Why is there such a lack of men in am dram? It’s a great hobby, certainly in terms of boosting the ego and meeting ladies and let’s face it there is no feeling quite like appearing on stage is there? And the shortage of men has a knock-on effect too. I was talking to a lovely lady from a leading Shropshire group early this week who is struggling to get parts due to the lack of male performers within her age bracket because the only men available are either too young or too old.
The Grange Players, who are a non-profit making organisation and registered charity, have performed quality drama and comedy at their own venue, The Grange Playhouse on Broadway North, Walsall since 1951, but due to essential maintenance to the 67-year-old building, they are currently closed for business. With a huge bill which could run into thousands of pounds, the players have launched a Save the Grange fund to pay for the work required as well as future running costs.
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