A LOVE story about transition, testosterone, and James Dean will be performed by Dorchester Youth Theatre (DYT).

Pronoun by Evan Placey will be staged by the seniors of DYT at the Corn Exchange on March 30 and 31.

Josh and Isabella are childhood sweethearts. They were meant to spend their gap year together, they were meant to be together forever. But Isabella has now become a boy.

This play about a transgender teenager, explores the impact on friends and family of an individual's decision to undergo gender transition. While his friends are generally supportive, his mum and dad are struggling as they try to understand Dean's experience for themselves.

Dean's sister, Dani, is struggling with the loss of a sister. And Dean's boyfriend, Josh, is struggling to make sense of a confused welter of feelings.

The play was commissioned as part of the 2014 National Theatre Connections Festival and premiered by youth theatres across the UK, including a performance at the National Theatre. An award winning playwright, Placey is known for his urgent and explosive plays, tackling issues facing young people today. Last July DYT Performance Company staged Placey's 'Girls Like That'.

On first reading the play, artistic director Jo Simons said: "I was struck with how powerful the play was, in terms of the struggles many young people face, and working out how they 'fit'.

"Adding 'The Senior Company were very keen to tell this story and it always amazes me how they always rise to the challenge with maturity and integrity'."

Pronoun is at Dorchester Corn Exchange at 7.30pm on March 30 and 31. Doors open at 7pm. It is suitable for those aged 14+

For more details and to book tickets, contact Dorchester Arts Box Office.

For more information about Dorchester Youth Theatre, visit www.dorchyouththeatre.co.uk


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