It’s good to hear of provision being made for a usually unnoticed group. If you are young and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) or have an LGBT family then you might be feeling a bit isolated.
Enter a new, one-week youth theatre designed for kids aged 11-14 with LGBT families. Based at the Drill Hall in London and funded by London Councils and Camden Council it costs participants just a nominal £50.
During the week the children will work together as a group to make a short piece of theatre to be presented to family and friends at the end of the week. Running from 27-31 July and directed by Barcy Cogdale, it could be a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and act in a professional theatre.
There are no auditions for this but, Barcy Cogdale says, you do ‘need to be enthusiastic, want to work hard and have fun.’ Application forms are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 7307 5060.
There is also a similar two week youth theatre option directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair for 16-19s from 27 July to 07 August. The charge is £80 because, as for the under-14s summer school, there is funding from London Councils and Camden Council,
This group welcomes everyone, regardless of whether they are ‘gay, black, lesbian, Asian, bisexual, white, queer, straight or whatever.’ Beadle-Blair says: ‘The only criterion is that they must love performing.’
During the two-week summer school, teenagers will have the chance to experience the behind-the-scenes atmosphere of a professional theatre. They will perform theatre exercises, explore improvisation, text, movement and voice skills, and look at how different types of people are represented in modern and Shakespearian texts. At the end of the two weeks, participants can show off what they have learnt to their families and friends in The Drill Hall theatre.
For the 16-19s programme, The Drill Hall is holding group auditions at the beginning of July - email email@example.com or call 020 7307 5060 for an application form.
Julie Parker, The Drill Hall’s Artistic Director and Chief Executive, said: ‘We are proud to be one of Camden’s flagship venues. Through our education work, we have produced an exceptional programme for schools and young people that addresses homophobia and its consequences. This has included Grace Barnes’s adaptation of Jackie Kay’s Trumpet, for which Cathy Tyson won Best Actress in a Visiting Production at the Manchester Evening News Awards.’
She continued: ‘We are particularly proud of FIT, written and directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair, which toured to schools and young people’s organisations throughout London and the UK. We were overwhelmed by interest and will be touring this outstanding play again later this year.’