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New amateur drama group defies conventions
A DRAMA group with a difference is gearing up for its first show next month, after starting up less than three months ago.
‘The Mavericks’ rehearse in Wooburn Green and Flackwell Heath, and were launched by playwright Anthony Deacon, who has worked with amateur dramatic groups for over 20 years.
The group’s name echoes the project’s ethos of defying conventions, with the belief that you don't have to follow all the rules that traditional drama teaches to put on a good show.
Mr Deacon said: ""We want to encourage our members to not follow the rules, to experiment and possibly be a bit controversial."
The troupe are premiering their talents the Beacon Centre, in Beaconsfield on September 7 and 14 with original production ‘Virus - A New Strain’.
It follows the story of a group of school children who find themselves in a quarantine zone after getting stranded at a remote hotel on a school trip.
The Mavericks was started to allow youth to take part in all aspects of a production, including performing, lighting, set design, makeup and costume.
Members even take part in the writing of the plays they put on and how they are directed, and although many of its members are under 20, people of any age are welcome to join.
After their forthcoming first show, the group hope to put on a Christmas panto and perform at local drama festivals.
The shows will start at 7.30pm and tickets cost £5, with senior citizens going free.
The group rehearse twice a week, alternating between St Marys Pastoral Centre, Wooburn Green and Flackwell Heath Community Centre.
For more information about the group, joining, submitting material or to buy tickets, go to www.themavericks.org.uk
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