Over the next seven weeks, our Young Company will be devising FLICKER AND THE FLYING BOOKS - an intergenerational collaboration with the Elders Company. 

Nobody is interested in the little bookcase in the corner - they have far more important things to do. Then one day, the magical Flicker starts throwing books from the shelves and flicking through pages. Soon there is mayhem and chaos as a whole host of story trouble comes tumbling out to charm and disrupt everybody’s ordinary lives.


The Young Company is a opportunity for young people (aged 14-21) to experience the theatre first hand as Communicators, Performers, Technicians and Writers. Working along professionals and theatre staff, the Young Company offers the chance to get involved in different projects and productions. Meanwhile, the Elders Company is a drama and theatre project for people aged over 60 focusing on performance skills development.

FLICKER AND THE FLYING BOOKS is a theatrical caper for children aged 3-8 and their grown-ups. The project is also linked with the Manchester Children’s Book Ffestival and is being performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester Central Library and the New Vic Theatre, Stoke. Performance dates are Sunday 28 June (1.30pm) and 4 July at the Central Library. Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance (0161 833 9833). More Information here...


The cast, aged 15-81, has just started rehearsals with director Andy Barry. He previously directed the Young Company’s sellout children’s play The Great Story Theft, as well as The Ballad of Rudy, which comes to The Studio this Christmas. 

In the coming weeks, the Communicators will be bringing you regular updates, interviews and previews of the show. We are also responsible for the marketing campaign for the show including writing the press release, documenting rehearsals and creating text for leaflets and website.

Image: Flicker Company - Director Andy Barry, Assistant Director Josie Hepplewhite (Young Leader) and cast from RXEC and RXYC