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Tanya Burr to star in Confidence at Southwark Playhouse

The YouTuber is making her professional stage debut

Tanya Burr
Tanya Burr
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Judy Upton's Confidence is to be revived for its 20th anniversary at Southwark Playhouse in May.

Directed by Boundless Theatre's AD Rob Drummer, the show will star actor and YouTuber Tanya Burr as Ella. Burr will be making her professional stage debut in the production.

Set in the '90s, the show follows a trio on the seafront looking to escape from their day-to-day lives.

Drummer said: "Rediscovering Judy’s play in the context of 2018 and looking at the legacy of '90s youth culture is an exciting prospect. In the hedonism of the '90s and the changing tide of political optimism did young people get what they want? For a new generation now, we want to see what has changed and why instilling confidence in young people to take up space and have a voice matters more than ever."

Burr's other credits include pilot series Making It and she plays the lead in the forthcoming short film Disconnect.

Upton is an award-winning playwright and her stage plays include Ashes and Sand which won the George Devine Award and Bruises at Royal Court Theatre.

Confidence runs at Southwark Playhouse from 25 May to 16 June with previews from 23 May.