Coventry theatre launches new youth groups

Coventry theatre launches new youth groups

Postby dutchman » Mon Sep 12, 2022 9:54 pm

The Albany Theatre wants to help youngsters get back on the stage


A local theatre has launched two brand-new youth theatre groups as it expands its Creative Engagement programme.

The Albany Theatre in Coventry is reprising its role as a place for young people to hone their skills and the new youth groups have arrived on the back of major redevelopment of the theatre.

The youth groups will run weekly during term time and have been created to help young performers to develop and learn new skills, build their confidence and showcase ideas with regular performance opportunities for all.

The sessions will also give participants an introduction to the work that goes on behind the scenes and backstage to give them a better all-round knowledge of the theatre, both back stage and out front.

There will be two different group groups available - Albany Juniors for ages eight to 11 and Albany Seniors for 12- to 15-year-olds - but places will be limited due to high demand.

As part of its creative engagement initiative, the theatre has already set up groups in local primary schools and led a performance project with Earlsdon Park residents.

Vicky Basterfield, creative engagement coordinator at the theatre, said: “It’s a priority for us to keep theatre and the arts in the spotlight for people of all ages in Coventry beyond the City of Culture year, and we believe that these two new groups, combined with our other Creative Engagement work, will help to maintain and improve accessibility to performing arts in the city.

“We expected demand for these classes to be high and we are thrilled that they have already proved extremely popular and are close to capacity. We are urging parents to get in touch with us as soon as possible about any last-minute spaces.

“The Albany Youth Theatre (AYT) will be a place for young people to realise their ideas, develop and learn, while also having loads of fun. We can’t wait to get started with this and many more exciting things on the horizon at the Albany.”

The theatre began life as a technical college in the 1930s, helping young people study apprenticeships before turning its focus to the arts.

This year, the building has undergone major redevelopment work to expand the lobby area and turn part of the existing eastern wing into an open performance space.

Additional projects are set to follow once the works have been completed.

For more information or to book a space at one of the groups, visit the Albany Theatre website, here.

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