Katie Holden, 19, is a young director from Pendle with her own theatre company. She is currently working on a play called ‘Breathing Corpses’ which will be held at the ACE centre on 20th and 21st April this month.
This award winning play by Laura Wade tells the story of Amy, who finds another body in a hotel bedroom. There’s a funny smell coming from one of Jim’s storage units. And Kate’s losing it after spending all day with the police. There’s no going back after what they’ve seen.
‘Just cause you found a body you lost all your hope? Well what the bloody hell is going to happen to me then?’
Katie, director of the play, says ‘I started up a theatre company at the age of 18 called ‘Holden2UrHats’. I wanted to create thought provoking plays and change young people’s views of theatre being old-fashioned and out-of-date to it being something with life and energy’
Katie is unique in the way that she is one of few young directors operating in Pendle today.
‘Breathing Corpses is a play about death and about how finding a dead person affects your whole life and connects you to so many different people. It sounds a little morbid when put like that! But it is a dark comedy, and a story that the audience can slowly piece together, because of its fragmented timescale (a little like CSI!). It is a play that will make you laugh and cry, and stay with you long after it has finished.’
Katie explains that she chose to direct Breathing Corpses because she had studied it at Nelson and Colne College, and found it very inspiring, feeling as though it deserved to be performed.
‘I want to open people’s minds and spark lots of new ideas. Young people pay to go to the cinema to see films at the cinema all the time – why not pay money to watch a live play with a great atmosphere for even less cash?’
Tickets cost £5 and are available to buy online from: www.acecentre.co.uk.
Alternatively, you can call the ACE Centre on: 01282 661080 or buy tickets in person from the Box Office.