Mansfield youths will appear in Kafka production at Playhouse

IT’S the bright lights of Nottingham’s Playhouse Theatre for Mansfield lad Matthew Morrison as he prepares for a premier performance of Franz Kafka’s The Trial this Thursday .

Matthew (18) is one of three teenagers from Mansfield to have been picked for parts in the new production by youth theatre leader Sarah Stephenson.

The Meden sixth-former was spotted by the education officer and director Sarah Stephenson three years ago during a workshop at his school.

Since then he has acted in two shows at the Playhouse Youth Theatre, including Dürrenmatt’s The Visit and Blood Wedding by Lorca.

Matthew plays a lawyer to the main character in this production of Kafka’s novel about a man who is arrested and prosecuted by the authorities for an uncertain crime.

Matthew said he did not normally get nervous but it felt strange to have his head shaved and wear a comb-over wig for his part.

“We have had really good reviews previous years but this should be excellent.

“About 100 people audition every year in Nottinghamshire and 20 are picked so the actors are really good.

“Everybody we work with is really professional and I am so glad to be part of this experience,” he said.

Matthew said he had loved acting since the age of three. He added: “It gives me a chance to express myself and be someone else and I like to entertain people.”

Franz Kafka’s the Trial runs from Thursday - Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 or £4 with concessions.

l For more information about youth workshops or to book theatre tickets phone 0115 941 9419 or visit www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.