Media Release: Talented bunch head off to drama festival

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ACTORS from an Aberdeen charity have been perfecting their drama skills as they prepare to showcase their acting talents in Norway during a bi-annual summer festival.

The group of performers, made up of ten residents and six co-workers based at Newton Dee, in Bieldside, are heading overseas to take part in the Peer Alle Summer festival for young people and adults with and without disabilities.

The drama festival, which takes place from 23 June to 25 June is concerned with social and cultural exchange, and will bring together a number of groups from around the world, including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and even as far as Kenya.

The theme of the festival is Henrik Ibsen’s play, Peer Gynt, one of the most widely performed Norwegian plays, which will be expressed in various art forms.

Play director, Russ Pooler, said: “It is great to be part of this fantastic drama festival as some of our residents are such keen and talented actors.

“Travelling to Norway and joining with other groups is great experience for the villagers as it allows them to meet and socialise with new people who share the same passion for acting.

“This will be third year that we will be taking part in the event so we are all very excited to meet up with our friends from previous years and we are hoping for another fantastic performance.”

The group started rehearsals and creating their costumes for the play two months ago, making use of the arts and crafts facilities on site and have even managed to incorporate a Scottish theme into their outfits with traditional kilts.

To ensure they were ready for action, the group held a practise run through of the full performance to the rest of the Newton Dee community.

After the festival, the group plan to travel to Trondheim for a week of drama workshops and sightseeing, with a similar drama group called Integretto, whom they met at the previous festivals.

Newton Dee offers supported accommodation for adults with special and complex needs, and provides an environment where its residents can enjoy an independent home life whilst maintaining a daily work life with responsibilities.

This will be the third time that Newton Dee will be attending the festival.

Newton Dee is home to almost 200 residents and co-workers and includes an on-site cafe and gift shop, grocery store, bakery, which are open to the public to help continually raise funds for the facility.

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