Wonderworld, wonder when, is theme for show

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A failed theme park in Corby inspired young people to put together a stage show.

Based on the scrapped Wonderworld scheme, a technology-based theme park planned for Corby in the 1990s, Raven was devised by 20 young people from the town who have struggled to find work or training. Between them they formed theatre group Short Shrift.

With help from The Core at Corby Cube, the teens devised Raven with members of professional theatre company Urban Angel.

A fictional tale, inspired by the recent history of the town, Raven offered the audience an explanation as to the ‘real’ reason behind the theme park’s failure to materialise. It was dubbed Wonder When? by the people of Corby who were fed up waiting for the promised thousands of jobs it was supposed to create. It was performed on Thursday and Friday at The Church of the Epiphany in Elizabeth Street.

The youngsters who took part gained new skills and accreditations with some achieving the prestigious Bronze Arts Award.

Cast member Kieran Findlay, 17, said: “I’ve really enjoyed working with Urban Angel. It’s the best project I’ve ever worked on. I’ve learned loads.”