New academy launched for Bolton teenagers interested in theatre and performing arts
TEENAGERS with an interest in theatre and the performing arts are being given the chance to develop their skills alongside professionals.
Bruntwood Academy, which launches tomorrow, is a project run by Bolton Lads and Girls Club and the Octagon Theatre for 13 to 19-year-olds.
There is no cost for young people to attend but they must be committed for the length of the programme.
Lindsay Gleaves, senior club co-ordinator, said: “Bruntwood Academy offers a wonderful opportunity to young people to learn new skills and be creative alongside professional theatre practitioners — it’s also a chance to have fun and meet new people.
“The club always encourages young talent and with the partnership of Bolton Octagon Theatre we can support young people of Bolton in performance, knowledge and experience.”
The two organisations are currently recruiting for The Company Year Three Group which will see members participate in masterclass theatre workshops. They will learn skills in acting, stage production, lighting and sound, set design and building, prop making, costume, stage make-up and tour promotion.
Their time will be spent at the club, in Spa Road, and the Octagon Theatre, run by Octagon staff with Bolton Lads and Girls Club youth workers.
In the new year the teenagers will join the project’s writing group, which has already formed and is known as Generate, to create and tour their theatrical performance in Bolton.
They will also visit other youth groups and community centres, in mid-2014, and have the opportunity to complete Bronze or Silver Arts Awards.
The start date for The Company Year 3 group is Thursday, at Bolton Lads and Girls Club, from 5pm to 7pm.
For more information or to secure a place on the programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday.
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