Shetland Youth Theatre to Perform Sweeney Todd
21 August 2013
Shetland Arts is pleased to reveal that
the next production by Shetland Youth Theatre is to be new version
of Sweeney Todd.
For more than 150 years the legend of
Sweeney Todd has fed the appetites of those hungry for ghoulish and
violent tales. The story, originally titled A String of Pearls first
captured the imagination of Victorian Britain in 1846, serialized
as a Penny Dreadful
periodical aimed at the working poor. The weekly episodes caused
such an impact that the story was dramatized by George Dibdin Pitt
before the ending had even been revealed in print, and ever since a
variety of entertaining adaptations have continued to grip the
This new version, by John Haswell, returns
to the Penny Dreadful
roots and has been written in a style reminiscent of Victorian
"Although melodrama is often seen as a
very dated form of theatre, it can be great fun," said Mr Haswell.
"It is a direct form of storytelling that revels in its own
theatricality. There is no ambiguity about Todd in this version.
The script does not attempt to show him as a damaged
victim. Our Todd is evil through and through and
all the more fun as a result. This will be Gothic gore at its most
Although the production is not being
described as a musical, the script does contain a number of
original songs to keep the action accessible and
The first meeting/rehearsal is to be held
on Tuesday night (27 August) at the Garrison Theatre from 6 - 9pm.
There will be an intensive rehearsal period of five weeks with
performance scheduled for the beginning of October.
Shetland Youth Theatre is always keen to
welcome new members and is open to young people aged 12
"I am hoping for a large cast' said Mr Haswell, "and would be
delighted if a lot of new faces came along to the Garrison on
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