Performance for free
Distance is no issue for Beg, Borrow Or Steal. The newly formed company – whose members live in cities including Hull, Newcastle and Leeds – have made use of the internet to bridge the gap.
Some of the group's rehearsals have taken place online, as the company prepares to stage its debut show.
Abigail Spear, one of the ten-strong group, said: "Because we are based across the north-east, we only have time to come together occasionally. So we have done some rehearsals by sending video clips to each other – which shows how important it is to us.
"All of us have day jobs but we come together to make theatre when we can.
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"We all feel drama is such an important thing – we are inspired by the fact it can do so much for so many people.
"It is a safe platform where you can experiment with life. A lot of people say they became confident because they did drama – you realise if you can stand up for yourself as a character, you can stand up for yourself as a person."
Abigail is one of the founding members of the company, which began rehearsals in January.
The group is made up of theatre practitioners aged between 19 and 23, who are either students at, or graduates of, the University of Hull.
Last Orders, the company's debut show, is being performed at Haworth Arms, Beverley Road, tonight. The performance features a series of vignettes exploring what it means to be a dreamer and having to "fight for your future" in a financially unstable world.
Group member Adam Hepworth said the aim was to create a performance that "everyone will be able to identify with in their own personal way".
He said: "Of course the piece has underlying themes and motives that helped us to create it – such as funding cuts and the importance of the arts – but it's not important that everyone sees that exact meaning.
"It's much more about their own individual response."
The company will be staging three performances during the evening, at 6.30pm, 7.45pm and 9.15pm.
The performances are free, with the company looking to get audience feedback.
Abigail said: "Beg, Borrow Or Steal was named because we wanted this performance to be free. So often, people cannot get to the theatre because it is getting more expensive.
"We could not afford to make a loss, so we made it for free by begging and borrowing so, rather than buying any props, we are using the items you'll find in a pub – chairs, stools and glasses."
It is a practicality that has extended to every other aspect of the company.
"We don't ask the audience for money and we don't put our own money in," said group member Rachael Abbey. "We use a free rehearsal space at Haworth and the only thing it costs us is a few pints and the odd meal in the pub."