Encouraging young people to take the first steps into theatre is really important to us here at Nottingham Playhouse. Our Participation Manager Elaine tells us more about our Summer Schools programme and Shine Community Youth Theatres.
This summer at Nottingham Playhouse we’re excited to be offering three different summer school experiences. Our first is a musical theatre version of Disney’s Aladdin and includes singing, dancing, flying carpets and three magical wishes, sure to keep children aged 9 – 14 busy. Our Blood Brothers summer school gives young people the opportunity to bring the hugely successful script to life, and our Shakespeare summer school is a unique opportunity to immerse in four days of workshops based around one of Shakespeare’s most dramatic plays, Henry V.
One of the many brilliant things about all of our summer schools is that they are fully inclusive, and we have both full cost and part bursary places available across all three also. We want to ensure that the young people participating have the best possible experience during their time with us.
The summer schools not only offer the chance to learn a variety of high quality theatre crafts and skills by a team of leading industry professionals and Playhouse practitioners, but they are a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded young people in a supportive and creative environment. They are a brilliant opportunity to build confidence, make friends, and develop and discover new skills and talents.
It’s important to note that it’s ok to be nervous about performing on stage for the first time. Our practitioners make sure that all young people feel confident when stepping out onto the stage for the first time. It’s a wonderful shared experience for all the young people taking part, stepping out onto the stage for the first time together.
Our work doesn’t just take place during the summer. All year round our Shine Appeal enables children and young people who wouldn’t normally have access to the performing arts the chance to be in a Nottingham Playhouse community youth theatre, completely free of charge. This is all possible thanks to local authority funding and private donations. Our Shine groups run in areas of the city and county where there isn’t currently a theatre arts provision, and provide important life, and creative skills, to help children and young people become engaged and active within their communities.