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Lyric Hammersmith, London

1 - 4 August 2007

West London’s most talented young performers join forces with Dende Collective to present the debut season of the Lyric Young Company. Witness the future of UK theatre in action!

Dende Collective and 20 young people aged 14 – 16 created the inaugural show of the LYC performed at its Studio Theatre. Drawing on Dende’s experience with Contact Theatre’s CYAC we revisited the world of the novel Stories of Eva Luna by the Chilean writer Isabel Allende. During five weeks of work we offered the young people a fully professional theatre experience where, supported by all the departments at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre we devised a show loosely based on the world of Allende’s stories.

The audience was invited into a Latin American tavern where they shared the space with the characters, while little by little their stories unfolded surrounding the audience with their passions and emotions.

The show was completely sold during its run!

About the Lyric Young Company (LYC)
LYC had its debut season in August 2007 with 2 shows: THE LUNA CLUB created by Dende Collective and ACCIDENTAL HEROES created by Mark Murphy. LYC is open to young people aged 14 – 19 who live in or attend a school in the following boroughs: Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Ealing, Brent, Hounslow, Hillingdon and Harrow. It is the place to put in practice and develop theatre skills in all areas: performing, writing, directing, singing, dancing.


Cast and Creative Team

Directed by André Pink and Montserrat Gili

Set Design by André Pink

Dramaturgy by Montserrat Gili

Love letters written by the Lyric Young Company

Costume design by Lyric Wardrobe

Puppets by Andy Jones and Samuel Guimarães

Lighting by George Ogilvie

Company Stage Manager Claire Bryan

Deputy Stage Manager Lizzie Ratcliffe

Peer Mentor and Stage Assistant Dionne Reid

Production Placement Angela Anson

Produced by Herta Queirazza



Ashley Abbott

George Alleston

Zoe Atta

Scarlet Billham

Adrian Black

Coby Boateng

Sophia Brackenridge

Nathan Bryon

Sacha Chopra

Romel Gordon

Marianne Hanoun

Ashni James

Rachel Nwokoro

Tope Oluwadipe

Melanie Phillips

Nikaiho Sharpe

Koorosh Shirazi

Reanna Walters

Tanika Yearwood-Hines