WIRRAL Globe Arts Ambassadors Off the Ground, famous for their acclaimed open-air performances, are going indoors.

They tell Globe columnist Peter Grant all about it.

PUNCHY drama is on offer from Wirral's Off The Ground theatre company

They will perform the powerful drama Moth next week.

The West Kirby-based company, now in its 25th year, is renowned for out-door touring productions and is de-camping, for a while, to the Hope Street Theatre for their own debut there.

The talented team is one of the Globe's acclaimed Arts Ambassadors across and has been producing its unique brand of quality theatre since 1984.

Most recently, they have undertaken a range of challenging projects from newly- commissioned touring productions of Sinbad to Shakespearean classics including Hamlet.

The Youth Theatre element of OTG is integral to their work.

Conor Wray, production manager, told the Globe: "We have always had a heavy emphasis on youth involvement and a 'theatre for all' approach.

Moth concerns Sebastian, a comic-obsessed outsider.

"He wakes up one morning to find a moth in a jar by his bed."

Declan Greene's drama is about two young people with nowhere to turn to except each other.

OTG describe it as both 'heart-wrenching and hilarious' a fast-paced play with sudden twists and turns.

Four young actors will take on the task of a work which is traditionally played as a two-hander.

Director Dan Meigh added: "it is a phenomenally moving play that looks at friendship, mental illness, hierarchy and bullying.

"Often bullies don't realise themselves of the damage they are causing.

"We hope this production captures that wonderfully."

And actress Kathryn McGurk who play's Sebastian's only friend Claryssa agrees: "These are a couple of kids that are barely a rung apart on the social ladder.

"The things they face and the issues that come up we can all recognise from our time in school - for better or worse."

Moth, by Declan Greene, is the latest play in a series of studio productions that has included Overspill and Orphan of Zhao to name two.

Now the company promise that Moth will be breath-taking, delivering 'punch after punch after punch.'

Off The Ground presents Moth at Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool from May 16-18.

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