IT IS an exciting development from one of the UK’s biggest producing theatres.
From next month, young people from across the region will get the chance to get involved with a new Youth Theatre being launched by the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.
The Youth Theatre project will initially run as a year-long pilot.
The plan is to give 10-19 year olds the chance to develop on-stage and backstage skills from acting to lighting design and from script-writing to stage management.
Work will be showcased throughout the year responding to in-house projects such as Transform and creative festivals throughout the city such as Light Night.
There will be one, full main-stage production which will be developed as an end of year project.
The Playhouse wants to give young people the chance during the pilot to give feedback and be directly involved in the future development of this new Youth Theatre.
It’s a chance for young people to experience first hand what goes into developing a professional theatre production from scratch.
And where better to do that than at a theatre which has a wealth of experience as a major producing theatre.
The Playhouse has a long record of creating work for and with young people since the theatre opened in 1990.
It has created projects for schools, community groups and young people with learning disabilities which have been developed alongside professional productions created specifically for schools.
A Youth Theatre is a welcome addition to what the Playhouse and the region has to offer young people.