PREVIEW; Gimme Some Truth The Factory, Porth.
ELECTION fever is about to hit the Valleys.
However, these are not elections for council, Assembly, government or even the Labour leadership. Politics and the electoral process is at the heart of Gimme Some Truth - a new play from ChainWorks Productions.
Produced in partnership with Valleys Kids' ArtWorks and supported by the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust and local businesses, Persimmon Homes, and Otley Ltd, the production aims to get young people engaged with politics.
ChainWorks have been sending fictional MP Eddie Makepeace into schools to face the fire - or apathy - of young people. Out of these impromptu visits has emerged Gimme Some Truth, which will be performed by young people - and Eddie Makepeace - at The Factory.
Written and directed by Laurence Allan, the play throws the MP into a bear pit of young people who want some answers. Why can't you say what you think? Why can't you make a real promise? And why won't your own daughter vote for you? The play aims to spit and spark with wit and raw emotion as six young people trade verbal punches with local actor Mike Morton as Eddie - making his professional stage debut at the age of 61.
Gimme Some Truth follows the company's acclaimed show Gladiator, which explored the aspirations of young people in the Valleys through the controversial story of the Linton brothers from Aberdare - world cycling champions in the 1890s.
Laurence Allan, ChainWorks artistic director, said: "As a Valleys-based company we are committed to giving young people, whose opportunities are limited, a voice."
Gimme Some Truth at The |Factory, Porth, August 20 & 21. Visit www.chainworksproductions.co.uk