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Theatre 'game' puts the audience in spotlight - on Prestatyn beach
Prestatyn beach
The beach at Prestatyn will turn into a stage for a new production

A theatre production with a difference comes to Prestatyn, with the venue being Central Beach and the audience forming the cast.

The Beach, a National Theatre Wales production, is described as a 'theatre game'.

The audience will form teams of six, with each group following a theme, and each member given an identity card with details of the role they are to assume.

Director Catherine Paskell said: "Game theatre is interactive so the audience have the chance to influence the story by the choices they make.

"We were excited by game theatre as a new development in theatre.

"It's something that's really taking off at the moment especially among younger and non-traditional theatre-goers."

Two professional actors and community performers will be assisting the audience cast members.

We were excited by the people we met and the links we could make with the Scala Arts Centre.
Director Catherine Paskell

As part of the theatre game, they will be asked to complete six tasks, each in a separate zone in and around the beach.

The game explores what makes people leave their home town, and what makes them return.

National Theatre Wales worked with Hide&Seek, a designer of social games, to create the concept of 'The Beach'.

The creative team behind The Beach are scriptwriter Rhiannon Cousins, playwright and multi-platform writer Bethan Marlow and Carl Morris, who works as an advisor helping companies use the web to find and grow communities.

Together with Ms Paskell they travelled around the coast of north Wales to find a suitable venue for their production.

Prestatyn was chosen, said Ms Paskell, "because we were excited by the people we met and the links we could make with the Scala Arts Centre ".

She hopes that the production will appeal to locals and visitors alike.

"We hope that people who have never been to Prestatyn will come and find out something new about this interesting place.

"We're also hoping that local people will have fun and look at their environment in new ways."

The Beach runs from 27 July - 1 August, 7pm. Tickets £2. Meet on the seafront behind the Nova Centre, Central Beach.


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