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Free theatre activities for young people at The Old Electric

The Electric Sunshine Project (TESP) is now working with the Little Blackpool Leisure Company to offer Arts Award as part of the The Old Electric (OE) Youth Theatre Friday sessions.

Young people aged between 14 and 17 can develop their theatre knowledge and experience and take their next steps to become an arts leader of tomorrow. Arts Awards aim to inspire young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable, and accessible which are achieved at five levels, four qualifications, and an introductory award. The OE Youth Theatre is inviting young people aged 14 to 17 years with an interest in drama and theatre performance to work together as a new youth theatre company for the town. Meeting each week to rehearse and then perform new work in front of audiences.

The group will explore a range of different scripts, created by professional playwrights, with issues and ideas that are key to young people at their heart. It is a chance for young people to build skills, meet new people, have fun and build new friendships based on creativity. Youth Theatre work will take place on Fridays at 6-7.15pm and Arts Award activities will be between 7.30-8.15pm each Friday both starting 28 January 2022. New for 2022 young people will also get the chance to work towards their Bronze or Silver Arts Award. The nationally recognised qualification aims to encourage young people to develop their interest, knowledge and skills through participating in creative activities. In collaboration with Blackpool City of Learning young people will work through a range of tasks and activities building their Arts Award portfolios step by step.

Buzz Bury, said:
“Young people will be supported to record their progress and achievement throughout their Arts Award experience by creating evidence and a digital portfolio through the Blackpool City of Learning. Evidence can be spoken or written work, photographs, videos or slideshows and get feedback almost straight away.”

The Youth Theatre will develop their theatre knowledge and expertise working with 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 other young people’s projects. The young people’s Arts Award journeys will be supported by a professional artist, 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.

Melanie Whitehead, TESP Artistic Director, added:
“We’re really pleased to be able to extend the youth theatre offer at The Old Electric and the Arts Award is a brilliant way of building up the confidence of young people giving them the opportunity to carve out their future in the arts world – it’s definitely not one to miss out on.”

Youth Theatre work will take place on Fridays at 6-7.15pm and Arts Award activities will be between 7.30-8.15pm each Friday both starting 28 January 2022.

For more information visit www.theoldelectric.co.uk , call 01253 834 175 or email [email protected]

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