On their marks to celebrate heroes

Hartlepool Footlight Youth Theatre members prepare for their tribute to Team GB
Hartlepool Footlight Youth Theatre members prepare for their tribute to Team GB

A YOUTH theatre group is on its marks to perform a tribute to Team GB’s Olympic heroes as part of its latest production.

The Hartlepool Footlight Youth Theatre’s upcoming show, Colours of the World, is a celebration of music, song and dance from around the world and a rousing patriotic finale is planned to reflect the sense of national pride created by the success of our London 2012 Olympians.

The cast will perform hits by typically British bands, including 1970s new wave band The Jam, and there will be an acoustic performance of the Buzzcocks’ punk rock anthem Ever Fallen in Love.

There will also be a tongue-in-cheek re-creation of the scene used by the BBC at the start of its Olympic broadcasts where the Queen appeared to jump out of a helicopter with James Bond.

Music, song and dance from areas such as the Caribbean, France, India, Africa and South America will also feature.

Theatre founder Paul Thompson said: “Our preparations were well underway before the Olympics even started.

“But we were so impressed and inspired by our local Olympians and the overall success of the Olympic Games that we decided to introduce this special tribute to Team GB

“We have had to do a lot of extra work to re-choreograph the show at a fairly late stage but it should be worth it.”

The group is a non-profit making organisation with registered charity status that provides opportunities for young people aged four-21 to participate in all forms of performing arts.

It is based at Hartlepool Families First, in Greatham Street, Hartlepool, with sessions taking place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Anyone interesting in joining the group can obtain more information at 
www.hfyt.co.uk or by telephoning (01429) 867060.

The two-and-a-half hour production is to be held at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre on Wednesday, October 10, and Thursday, October 11, with tickets priced £7 and £8 available from (01429) 890000 or from Hartlepool Tourist Information Centre, in Church Square.