Building on our launch of TheOE Youth Theatre in 2021 – we are grateful to The Little Blackpool Leisure Company for their support to provide a young people’s leadership element to this programme.
We are inviting all 14 to 17 year olds with an interest in drama and theatre performance to work as a new company; coming together each week to rehearse and perform new work in front of audiences. We’ll explore a range of different scripts, created by professional playwrights, with issues and ideas that are key to young people at their heart. Plus, you’ll build skills, meet new people, have fun and build new friendships based on creativity.
From January, alongside making new theatre, we are inviting all participants to take part in either a Bronze or Silver Arts Award completely FREE OF CHARGE. This nationally recognised qualification aims to encourage young people to develop their interest, knowledge and skills through participating in theatre-based activity. It is often the first rung on the ladder towards a creative career and we are working in collaboration with Blackpool City of Learning digital platform to ensure that all who take part have easy access to building their own portfolios as a way of tracking their progress.
The weekly drama sessions are led by TESP Artistic Director Melanie Whitehead who has worked in theatre participation for over 20-years and has been a part of ground-breaking productions such as Matilda, The Musical, War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time as well as many many young people’s projects.
Arts Award activity will be led by professional artist and youth and community worker Buzz Bury; an established educator and creative practitioner in the UK for the Arts Award, qualified and experienced youth and community worker, trainer and facilitator with particular interest in working internationally.
It is important that once registered, you aim to attend each weekly session so that we can build the group and work towards a performance and to achieve Arts Award certification for those who want to follow the leadership pathway.
Members of our youth theatre will be given special opportunities to attend performances, take part in skills development workshops and to link up with other young people interested in drama and theatre-making across the UK.
Drama work will take place 6-7.15pm, arts award activity between 7.30-8.15pm each week. We will aim to have a showcase performance their work during Easter holidays. TBC
Please note that there will be no session during February half-term.