At the very centre of creative arts in Gloucestershire, Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre is celebrating 25 years of its Youth Theatre by launching a new venture of professional training for young people to mark the occasion. Alongside this the Everyman is organising a special party and they are looking for ex-members to help them celebrate!
The new Everyman Young Company (EYC) is an exciting programme of events and performances throughout the year, with professional theatre training offered to young people across the county. Those aged from 7 to 18, split into four age range groups, will be able to take part in sessions held at Gloucester Road Primary School in Cheltenham every week and sessions are fully inclusive and accessible for any young person interested.
Head of Education at the Everyman Theatre, Louise Partridge, said: ‘The Young Company offers a fantastic opportunity not only to learn about every aspect of theatre, from performance skills to writing scripts, backstage skills and directing, but it is a safe place to develop confidence, self-discipline and self esteem too. ‘The groups all have an opportunity to stage one production a year in the Studio Theatre at the Everyman and the new 2012 Summer School will give all of the young people the opportunity to perform together on the main stage.’
Next summer the Everyman are to hold a big party at the theatre to celebrate the last 25 years of youth theatre work. Creative Project Coordinator Caro Day says ‘We are looking to get in touch with as many ex-members and ex-youth theatre leaders as possible who have worked with us over the last 25 years and helped to make the youth theatre such a fantastic and inspiring opportunity for so many young people. Over the last 25 years many young members have gone on to further training at university and drama schools, and have been employed in professional productions around the world. If you are an ex member yourself please get in contact with us at EYC@everymantheatre.org.uk we would love to see you and hear any stories you have about your time with us’.