Youth takes a bow in Lancaster

A scene from The Science of Shrinking Students.
A scene from The Science of Shrinking Students.
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Dozens of the youngest actors in the Lancaster district will be making their stage debuts later this month.

The Fantastical is an exciting double bill of work devised by young people aged seven to 13 who attend regular sessions at The Dukes youth venue DT3 on Moor Lane.

From March 27-29, The Dukes Junior Youth Theatre will present The Science of Shrinking Students while The Dukes’ youngest company – The Dukes Playmakers – will make their debut with Age Of Future.

The Science of Shrinking Students is a madcap original story entirely devised by the company of 11 to 13-year-olds and features comedy, rhymes and plenty of big ideas.

The 45 minute show involving 24 young people is the story of three mad science teachers who, in a bid to save their school, shrink their class and force them to run in purpose built hamster wheels to power the building.

Age Of Future, presented by The Dukes Playmakers, couldn’t be more different, taking audiences on a musical journey with an environmental theme.

The show, exploring the relationship between technology and landscape across the ages, is based on the cantata Along Came Man which was composed by Lin Marsh who used to teach the Playmakers director, Helen Gould.

The half-hour performance features 30 youngsters and elements of dance and film as well as songs.

Tickets for The Fantastical at DT3 are £6.47/£4.47 concessions (includes 47p per ticket fee when booking online).

To book, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit