"Hidden Depths"

    ‘The Bude Canal hides
    Measureless treasure,
    Now and forever,
    Unfathomable secrets
    Deep in its
    Hidden depths…..’


When the Smale family head to Bude for a day trip on 23 July 2019 - the 200th anniversary of the building of The Bude Canal - Meredith Smale, aged 12, would rather have stayed at home, but it turns out to be a day she will never forget, a day of discoveries that bring her close to history and face to face with her own future as she uncovers hidden depths......

With original songs and a fast physical approach to story-telling, Bude Youth Theatre’s new play delves into the depths of The Bude Canal to dredge up a wealth of real stories, characters and events that shaped the growth of Bude. From inclined planes and accidents, to invasive species and canal capers, the play merges past and present in this fun and informative voyage through the depths of Bude’s own waterway.

Bude Youth Theatre was invited by the Bude Canal & Harbour Society to create this original musical theatre piece which will be suitable for all the family.

The play will be performed by 25 young people aged 9 – 16 yrs from six local schools plus young musicians from Budehaven. The production runs from Wed 27 – Sat 30 March 2019 at 7-30pm in the John Ward Hall at Budehaven Community School. Tickets for the evening performances (£6 adults/£4 children) can be obtained in advance from the Ark Angel Christian Bookshop, Spencer Thorn Bookshop, the Seventh Wave Gallery in Bude and via www.wegottickets.com . Please search for Bude Youth Theatre.

    Hidden Depths
    200 Years of The Bude Canal: 1819 - 2019
    By Richard Wolfenden-Brown with original songs and musical direction by Thomas Marples
    Choreography by Clare Collingham

Thanks to our Funders

We are delighted that FEAST are kindly helping to fund this project. The project will research, create and provide public performances of the play, produced in partnership with Bude Canal and Harbour Society, which celebrates the bicentenary of the building of Bude Canal. The project will include school workshops where pupils will learn about the canal and work with cultural practitioners to create sets, props and costumes.
FEAST is a programme to make great art happen across Cornwall. Investment for FEAST comes from Arts Council England and Cornwall Council. The programme is managed by Creative Kernow. Find out more and follow other great arts projects in Cornwall at www.feastcornwall.org

History and previous productions

About Bude Youth Theatre

Bude Youth Theatre (BYT) was established in 1999 to provide opportunities for young people aged 9-17yrs to experience working as a team to create and perform high quality theatre for local audiences. We have performed 22 productions over the past 20 years in Bude and involved well over 300 young people in a wide range of arts workshops, drama, dance, singing, devising and performing. We have also taken groups on trips to see performances elsewhere. In addition to arts skills, BYT members also gain valuable social and life skills through the creative process of being part of the Youth Theatre and many ex-members have gone on to study the arts at college or university and some are now working in the profession. The 2016 production of ‘The Last Train To Bude…?’ led directly to the creation of ‘Connect Bude’ which is actively campaigning to reconnect Bude and Holsworthy to the National Railway Network. For details visit www.connectbude.uk

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Previous Productions

Bude Youth Theatre: Previous Productions: 1999 – 2018
1999: Elephant Nelly Alley Cat Fred Ted and The Magic Tree
2000: The King Who Wanted to Touch the Moon
2000: The Bude Light (performed at the opening ceremony)
2001: A Little Holiday (when the evacuees came to Bude)
2001: Annie the Invisible Girl
2002: Hopes and Dreams
2002: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
2003: The Girl With no Name
2004: Unsinkable – ATitanic Story
2005: The Pool of Dreams – the story of Bude Seapool
2007: Big Nose – a circus story of Cyrano de Bergerac
2008: Nicholas Nickleby
2009: Joby
2010: Lord of the Flies
2011: A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
2012: Unsinkable – A Titanic Story
2013: The Pool of Dreams – the story of Bude Seapool
2014: It’s A Wonderful Life
2015: Cider With Rosie
2016: The Last Train to Bude…..?
2017: Hawker of Morwenstow and the Centre for Eccentricity
2018: The Silver Sword

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Poster and Publicity

If you would like to help with this exciting project, we will soon have a link to a poster here which can be downloaded. If you wish to email the Bude Youth Theatre they can be reached at budeyouth@bude-canal-200.co.uk

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