Saturday 8 January 1972 (1 performance)
at Hampton Court Theatre, Hampton Court House, Surrey, United Kingdom
The time came when workshops were no longer sufficient and all wanted to get involved in a play. Being so soon after the sixties, the decade of protest, the consensus was to be progressive and improvise the play and include all the great issues of those times. A skeleton story was outlined - young girl from a strict, narrow background, is made pregnant by her boyfriend. Fearful of confronting her parents and believing her boyfriend would not support her in her need, she runs away. The setting is mid-European and her journey takes her across frontiers. She is wrong about the boy who follows after her. The play episodic in structure, outlines the adventures of these two, through border posts, student camps, on a river barge, in a cornfield, outside a factory on strike and so on. A charming song was written for the play which gave it its title 'Waiting To Be Born' and was sung by Jenny Goode, playing the young mother-to-be.
The rest of the group appeared in various roles, they included Stephen Pratt, Paddy Hogston, Kevin Browne, Deborah Brown, Glynn Jones, Anthony Spracke, Norman Gealey, Nikki Kay, Nigel Cutting, Marek Urbanowiecz and many others. Each scene was planned so that it had a beginning and an end but what happened in between was improvised.
When it seemed that it required an audience, TTC was approached and, although the theatre was not operational at the time, the Committee gave permission for 'Waiting To Be Born' to be presented in a centre arena with the building scaffolding which still remained, surrounding it.
So YAT performed for the first time in Hampton Court Theatre and sitting upon the balcony in the Angel alcove, were two local lads of the period, jeans and bowler hats, who were to play a considerable part in YAT's development over the years that followed, David Lewsey and Keith Holmes. Very impressed by the performance, they approached the director before they left to enquire as to whether they might join.Waiting to be Born
by Eric Yardley
Improvised by members of YAT