Yolanda Mercy’s new play will be performed at the Bunker Theatre from the 10th to the 13th July.

Directed by Soho Theatre Associate Artist Lakesha Arie-Angelo, Summer Fest is set to be performed by young talent from National Youth Theatre’s Playing Up Company.

This new play by Yolanda Mercy explores the highs and lows of Summer Fest, bringing to life the excitement and buzz of Fresher’s Week by following the stories of twenty one characters.

The production is being presented by Playing Up, a free, accredited nine-month drama training course from the National Youth Theatre for 19-24 year olds, which offers a second chance to young people who have fallen out of education and help gaining access to further training or employment. The course is now in its eleventh year, with former Playing Up members who have gone on to further acting careers include Ria Zmitrowicz who starred in Three Sisters at the Almeida Theatre and will shortly return in The Doctor, Urielle Klein-Mekongo who wrote and starred in Yvette at the Bush Theatre and Seraphina Beh whose credits include EastEnders and the upcoming series of Top Boy.

For this latest production, members of Playing Up come from a variety of backgrounds including  single mothers, full-time carers, people with autoimmune disorders, learning and mobility difficulties and those receiving mental health support.

Summer Fest will play at the Bunker Theatre from the 10th to the 13th July.