The Young Theatre Company, based at the Acorn theatre, were approached by producers from the national radio station in February and asked if they would whip up a five-minute musical for Comic Relief.
Jumping at the chance, the group recorded, filmed and edited an audio track and video while in lockdown and Lewis Capaldi- The Musical was born.
You can tune in on Greg James’ Breakfast Show tomorrow morning (Thursday, March 11) between 9am-9.30am and the show will also be sharing the video on social media.
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Established more than 25 years ago, the Young Theatre Company has become one of the UK’s largest youth theatres overseen by directors Craig Hawes, Hayla Haws and Zoe Banyard.
“The musical has been a bit of a whirlwind during lockdown, as you can imagine,” said Craig. “In terms of audio we had to record each child separately with a microphone in their homes.
"But the filming was where it got bizarre. Costumes were dropped off in plastic bags on doorsteps and parents had to film the kids while we directed them over Zoom.
"But we were blown away by the end result. We never thought anything like this would be possible to do.”
Craig said the project had provided a great boost to the children who had ‘missed out on so much’ during the pandemic.
"It’s meant that they’ve gone around a year without seeing their friends and doing what they love,” he said.
"Theatre is such a big part of their lives. I think missing the big pantomime, which we do every year, was particularly hard for them.
"And just as we get a date from the Government to hopefully reopen in April, we get contacted by Radio 1
"We’ve had such a blast with it and it’s great to get our name out there.”
The Young Theatre Company are hoping to welcome new children when they’re back up and running in April.
You can also find the group on Facebook here.