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Richmond Theatre Young Company has been set up to give young people aged 17 to 25 the opportunity to take an active role in the planning and creation of a theatre performance.
Over the next few weeks, our budding theatre-makers will be taking part in a series of skills workshops, aiming to equip them with the tools that they will need to create a piece of theatre from scratch. The workshops not only cover acting, which is familiar to most of our participants, they are also opening up new avenues for them to explore. This week, the group will be exploring the process from the other side of the rehearsal room; the director’s chair. Richmond Theatre’s Course Director, Mhairi Grealis, herself a classically trained theatre director, will be introducing them to the principals of directing, and how to realise their vision for a production. Following that, we’ll be looking at writing for the stage, technical theatre and design, before the company go off to decide what form their first performance will take.
The programme for the Young Company over the next few months will see regular rehearsal sessions taking place alongside inspirational masterclasses and theatre visits of the group’s choosing. Ultimately, the Young Company will work together as an ensemble to conceive, create, rehearse, design and produce an exciting piece of theatre, which they will truly be able to call their own. The company will present their finished work in July, onstage at the theatre as part of the Creative Learning Festival.
Regular workshops take place at the theatre on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in finding out more, or joining the Young Company, e-mail Gaby Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.