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SOMEONE ELSE'S DAUGHTER A daring new play based on a true story is being premiered by the Torch Theatre’s Summer School in just two weeks time [3 September].

Researched and written by Dave Ainsworth, the Torch’s Youth and Education Officer, Someone Else's Daughter tackles the sensitive issue of prison deaths, through retelling the story of Sarah Campbell who died in 2003 aged just 19.

Performed by a large, mainly female cast, the play hits hard. Its story, perhaps a warning to us all, is re-enforced by its young performers – all from local schools. Someone Else's Daughter could have been any one of ours.

A bright girl, a tennis champion and daughter of a lecturer, Sarah came from a middle class home. But, at the age of 15, things began to go wrong when she
discovered drugs.

Someone Else's Daughter tells the stark tale of how a series of unfortunate circumstances led to Sarah’s death and how her mother's determined campaign brought the subject to the attention of the public and Parliament.

I chose this subject because I felt it was an important story, but I also wanted my students to experience the challenge of performing a re-creation of recent events, explained Dave, who is also directing the production.

The Torch’s Summer School offers a unique introduction to the world of professional theatre: over two weeks the participants learn how a professional actor approaches the job at hand, working with experienced technical and other theatre staff to create a performance of quality and worth. …Hopefully, they will learn that it’s not simply about learning lines and speaking in a loud voice, but about developing a character, evolving relationships and controlling emotive qualities within a piece of drama … he continued.

In spite of it being such a serious piece dealing with very real adult themes and issues, there seems to be no shortage of laughter coming from the rehearsal room. I can’t guarantee that everyone will see the play as being quite to their taste … enthused participant and Assistant Stage Manager Aisling Phillips who is currently studying at Pembrokeshire College … but I can guarantee that the Youth Theatre actors are putting a lot of hard work and effort into performing it; as well as having a lot of fun …!

Someone Else's Daughter plays at the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven, on 3rd, 4th and 5th September at 7.30pm.

[photo : Owen Howells Photography ]
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