After making the unprecedented decision on 18 March not to present youtheatre’s ‘Beasts and Beauties’ to an audience, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we decided to film a dress rehearsal performance of the piece for the first time.

We are so excited to be able to share with you, in eight parts, Carol Anne Duffy’s european tales, dramatised by Melly Still and Tim Supple.

We hope you enjoy the performances from our 15 talented cast members! Each section of the show will be up for one week only, so make sure to watch before it disappears!




Maywa Ballu, Lottie Bates, Gabriel Carter, Joseph Clarke, Lola Davey, Tifany Gabor, Gen Hargreaves, Jack Humphries, Julia Majewska, Tsipporah Munro, Dante Nardone, Kimberley Noel, Joshua Scott, Clara Sheppard, Hettie Young


Maywa Ballu, Gen Hargreaves, Tsipporah Munro, Dante Nardone, Joshua Scott


Directed by Hettie Duncan and Nicole Twinam / Lighting Design by Steven Laffoley-Edwards / Lighting and Sound Operation by Jason Kenyon and Jordi Sunier

Eight Tales from Europe adapted by: CAROL ANN DUFFY

Dramatised by: MELLY STILL and TIM SUPPLE

Join Jersey Arts Centre’s youtheatre in a world of magic, murder, mystery and myth as they present eight classic folk tales from around Europe.

From well-known tales such as Beauty and the Beast and The Emperor’s New Clothes, to the more unusual stories of The Juniper Tree and The Three Wishes, this collection of stories is sure to delight and entertain.

You may think you know these folk tales…but expect the unexpected!

Copyright: Carol Ann Duffy.

Reproduced by permission of the author c/o Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd, 20 Powis Mews, London W11 1JN


Wednesday 1 April 2020

For this week’s youtheatre update, we’re travelling back to 2017…here’s a message from youtheatre co-directors Hettie Duncan and Nicole Twinam:

“Today’s youtheatre update is a throwback to Spring 2017 and our production of Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of ‘Treasure Island’ (which was 3 years ago this week!). As you can see from the photographs below, we decided to do something extraordinary with our set and turn the Benjamin Meaker Theatre into a giant sand pit!

Simon Sand and Gravel Ltd. were our Sand Saviours and helped to make our desert-island dream a reality! With the help of the Stage Department and members of the youtheatre (plus several shovels!), 4 tonnes of sand were put on the stage, creating the world of ‘Treasure Island’.

Firstly, we laid a tarpaulin down and then some material flooring (previously used in JAC’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ (directed by Daniel Austin) and youtheatre’s ‘Antigone’). We then opened the scene dock door and the sand was winched in, demonstrated in the photograph of Deputy Director, Steven, guiding it! Despite our best efforts to keep the sand contained to the stage, Steven and Jason from the Stage Department have found remnants years later!

Jersey Arts Centre youtheatre has a great reputation for pushing boundaries (it has been mentioned in many a JEP review!) both in terms of the plays we chose and how we stage them and ‘Treasure Island’ was no different. We have very fond memories of creating this extraordinary set and we cannot wait to resume youtheatre after this hiatus and continue to challenge ourselves! We hope you enjoy these photographs of the process and the performance.”





Jersey Arts Centre youtheatre is the in-house theatre company for 14-19-year-olds. It was founded in 2001 by Jersey Arts Centre Director Daniel Austin. Since then, there have been 39 major productions along with numerous animations and readings for Island events. In 2015, Hettie Duncan and Nicole Twinam began directing youtheatre together. Since 2003 the youtheatre have been involved with the twinning between St Helier and Bad Wurzach and have taken several plays to the town. The most recent production was Carol Ann Duffy’s BEASTS AND BEAUTIES.



2002 The Ramayana by Peter Oswald

2002 Pippin by Stephen Schwartz

2003 The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht

2003 Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare *

2004 Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie / Piers Chater-Robinson

2004 Gilgamesh by The Company

2005 Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas

2005 The Last Voyage of Philip D’Auvergne by Simon Crowcroft *

2006 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis / Adrian Mitchell

2006 Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salmon Rushdie / Tim Supple

2007 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane

2007 The Adventures of Mr Toad by Kenneth Graham / Ginman & McAllister

2008 After Liverpool by James Saunders

2008 Women of Troy by Euripides *

2008 Our Town by Thornton Wilder

2009 outside/inside by The Company

2009 One Million Tiny Plays About Britain by Craig Taylor

2009 Notes to a Goldfish by The Company

2010 Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht *

2010 Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll / The Company

2010 Games by James Saunders

2011 Attempts On Her Life by Martin Crimp

2011 Godspell by Stephen Schwartz

2012 The Conversation by The Company *

2012 The Tempest by William Shakespeare

2013 A Dream Play by August Strindberg

2013 The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

2014 Antigone by Sophocles / Stephen Spender

2014 The Harold Pinter Revue Sketches by Harold Pinter

2015 The Trial by Franz Kafka / Stephen Berkoff

2015 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey / Dale Wasserman

2016 Matchbox Theatre by Michael Frayn *

2016 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

2017 Treasure Island by Bryony Lavery

2017 Medea by Ben Powers after Euripides

2018 George Orwell’s Animal Farm / Adapted for the stage by Ian Wooldridge *

2018 J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan / performed at Hamptonne Country Life Museum

2019 Kes by Lawrence Till / Adapted from Barry Hines’ ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’

2019 Start Swimming by James Fritz

2020 Beasts and Beauties by Carol Ann Duffy / dramatised by Melly Still and Tim Supple


* these 7 productions also toured to St. Helier’s twin town of Bad Wurzach, in Southern Germany, as part of an historic cultural exchange