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Twelfth Night | Behind the Scenes with our Community Chorus

By youngvicstaff 11 Oct 2018

Come backstage with us, to the loud and bubbly atmosphere of the dressing rooms where our fantastic Community Chorus are getting ready for a performance of Twelfth Night.

Many have a pre-existing love of the theatre - some participating in previous Taking Part community productions, some totally new to the stage.

The 60-strong Young Vic Community Chorus for Twelfth Night spans many different backgrounds, generations and stories. The youngest chorus member is 18, whilst the oldest is in her mid-80s.

Cathy, 86, spent her working life in war zones for the United Nations. She can now be found on the Young Vic stage 4 nights a week. After a spell in Matthew Bourne’s company, Neil found himself homeless, which is how he came to be in Go Between, a Young Vic Taking Part production which was performed by a company who had all had some form of contact with homelessness, either directly or indirectly. Neil now works for St Mungo’s, and brought a group from the hostel to see him perform.

They share the stage with 18, 19 and 20 year-olds who come from our local boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth.

Amongst the backstage hubbub, we captured some quieter moments to gain an insight into what happens behind the scenes of our "joyous and dazzlingly colourful musical" adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy at the Young Vic.

Young Vic Twelfth Night - Community Chorus © Leon Puplett-02208 Community chorus preparing for the stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.
Young Vic Twelfth Night - Community Chorus © Leon Puplett-02249 Community chorus preparing for the stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.
Young Vic Twelfth Night - Community Chorus © Leon Puplett-02278 Lending a hand. Photo by Leon Puplett.
Young Vic Twelfth Night - Community Chorus © Leon Puplett-02294 Doing hair in the dressing room. Photo by Leon Puplett.
Young Vic Twelfth Night - Community Chorus © Leon Puplett-02310 Final checks backstage. Photo by Leon Puplett.
Young Vic Twelfth Night - Community Chorus © Leon Puplett-02346 Some extra curricular. Photo by Leon Puplett.
Young Vic Twelfth Night - Community Chorus © Leon Puplett-02348 Seeing it from the audience's perspective. Photo by Leon Puplett.
Young Vic Twelfth Night - Community Chorus © Leon Puplett-02424 Backstage excitement of some of our Community Chorus. Photo by Leon Puplett.
Young Vic Twelfth Night - Community Chorus © Leon Puplett-02517 The community atmosphere, on stage. Photo by Leon Puplett.
Young Vic Twelfth Night - Community Chorus © Leon Puplett-02520 Watching from the wings. Photo by Leon Puplett.

Twelfth Night runs at the Young Vic until 19 Nov. Book Tickets now.

Head to our website to find out more about Taking Part and how you can get involved in their future projects, workshops and productions.