Hackney youth theatre on the lookout for future stars to appear in ‘Lord of the Flies meets Mad Max’ production

The cast of Street Racer.

The cast of Street Racer. - Credit: Archant

A youth theatre in Stoke Newington is on the lookout for “kids hungry to do drama” as auditions begin for an original production billed as “Lord of the Flies meets Mad Max”.

The production of Street Racer in October.

The production of Street Racer in October. - Credit: Archant

Hackney Youth Performance Academy (HYPA) produces large scale and original plays and is based at Stoke Newington School in Clissold Road.

“We know that kids want to be challenged by material that they’re not given at school,” said Jay Tee, writer and director at HYPA.

The theatre academy works with kids aged nine to 18 from around the area who are dedicated to acting.

And it is about to start work on a new play, The World’s End, about youths who find themselves in a post-apocalyptic world.

The cast of Street Racer.

The cast of Street Racer. - Credit: Archant

“It’s Mad Max for teenagers,” said Jay. “There will be stage combat and prosthetic make-up – we really try to go all out for these shows.”

Beth Johnson, 19, is a former member of HYPA and is now is now starring in a film alongside Sir Ian McKellen called Schadenfreude.

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She is also auditioning for a role in The World’s End.

Beth told the Gazette: “HYPA was a fantastic experience for me, not only to build on my acting skills and portfolio but to enjoy my time doing what I love.

“Everyone is treated like professionals, and with respect. I believe it is a brilliant place to start out!”

HYPA is unique as it solely puts on original productions written with teenagers in mind.

“The kids have a part that’s truly theirs, they can take ownership of it,” added Jay.

The group’s past productions include the musical Street Racer, which was staged in October and was based on a video game.

“During Street Racer, the kids were given a taste of what it’s like to work on a professional schedule,” Jay added.

“A big thing for them was being able to understand how to turn around a show. We did it in seven weeks.”

Auditions for The World’s End take place on Sunday at Stoke Newington School.

For more details and for information about HYPA, visit sn16.com.