Eve (second from right) and the museum ensemble during rehearsals
Whilst she spent last week here at The Point on work experience, we took the chance to ask new Point Youth Theatre member Eve Clements a few questions about herself and PYT's upcoming production of brand new play, The Tales of Merlin running here from 1st - 3rd August.
Hi, I’m Eve Clements, I’m 15 years old and I’m a part of the museum ensemble in the Tales of Merlin.
How long have you been a part of The Point Youth Theatre?
I’ve been part of the Point Youth Theatre since September 2018, and this is my first show here.
What originally attracted you to the youth theatre?
I joined PYT to improve my acting skills because I want to go into a drama career when I’m older.
What is it like to be a member of PYT?
Being a member of PYT is really fun and full of great opportunities to learn new skills. I love working with the cast, everyone’s extremely nice and incredibly talented. My confidence has really grown while I’ve been here at the Point, and I hope to stay for many more shows in the future.
Without giving away any spoilers, can you tell us a little bit about the story in Tales of Merlin?
The Tales of Merlin surrounds a group of young people on a school trip to a museum, where they find the famous sword of Arthurian legend, Excalibur and awaken the sword’s ancient protector: the wizard Merlin. Throughout the play Merlin tells them three magical stories, taking them deep into the heart of the woodland, then to outer space and finally to old England in the time of Arthur and the round table. By the end of the play our young people are much changed by the magic Merlin has shown them, and we hope you might take something away from Merlin’s tales as well.
Can you tell us about your part in the play?
I play the rabbit in the woodland story and I really enjoy becoming her animal, along with the other woodland creatures. As a part of the museum ensemble as well, I’ve been able to play a variety of different parts throughout the Tales and also narrate and keep the magic of the museum alive.
Why do you think audiences should come and see Tales of Merlin?
I think that the Tales of Merlin is a fun, magical play that is enjoyable for everyone and will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. We would love to have you there to share that magic with us.
What have rehearsals been like?
The rehearsals have been lively and fun since day 1. It’s a great group atmosphere, and we’ve all participated in building these characters and creating the magic that carries the play throughout. Everyone has worked passionately to make this play come alive, and I think that the finishing product will be spectacular.
Do you have a particular favourite moment in the play?
My favourite moment in the play must be the finale of the final tale. I won’t give away too much, but I can tell you it involves two young knights and a big dragon. For me, it’s the most dramatic and powerful part of the play.
Can you describe the Tales of Merlin in 3 words?
Magical. Mythical. Wonderful.
Catch The Tales of Merlin at The Point from Thursday 1st - Saturday 3rd August - tickets still available!