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Children in Medway and Swale to Benefit from new Performing Arts Programme

22-Mar-2019

World-class Cultural organisations will be working with the Government through a new national programme to teach performing arts; giving opportunity to thousands of young people in Medway and Swale.

More than 10,000 children, from ages 5 to 18 year-olds will get to work with the likes of The BRIT School, BBC North and The Lowry; with theatre skills, rap, performance and creative writing all part of the £5 million Youth Performance Partnership programme, as previously announced by culture secretary Jeremy Wright.

Participants will be given the opportunity to learn practical skills both on and off stage and work with playwrights to develop new works that students will then perform. They will also get the chance to design sets, learn about lighting and sound and take part in dance and drama.

Overseen by Arts Council England, partnerships were selected in the North, the Midlands, the South West, the South East and London; and particular interest was given to proposals from areas where the level of young people engaging in the arts, culture and theatre are low and where there are less opportunities for young people to take part in performance.

The programme will be delivered in Croydon, Derby, Medway, Plymouth and Salford, and is particularly focused on engaging young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

For the Medway and Swale district, one of the partners helping to deliver the programme will be established arts and culture organisation Ideas Test.

Carrying on from the success of ART31 by The Gulbenkian Theatre; Theatre31 will give opportunities for young people in Medway and the Isle of Sheppey to take part in activities that support leadership, build confidence and team working.

Also partnered through Medway Council, Theatre31 will also provide activities to improve literacy skills and wellbeing; with further opportunity for young people to develop performance skills, stagecraft, writing, set design and production.

The Theatre31 programme will have input by young people with supporting expertise from the cultural sector; a youth panel will provide leadership decisions with experts on hand to support, and the project will also offer young people the opportunity to visit performances and experience life backstage.

More details to be announced later this season by Ideas test; further information can also be found on the Government website.

 


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