Chance for young drama lovers to have their works performed at the Bush Theatre

Ever dreamed of becoming the William Shakespeare of the 21st century by creating stories for the stage?

Budding dramatists have the chance to develop their own performance to be shown at the Bush Theatre – which is supported by Hammersmith & Fulham Council – as part of its Play in a Day half term activities.

Up to 80 children aged 7-11 will be able to take part in a free day-long drama workshop at the theatre in Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush, and showcase the end result for friends and family.

The Play in a Day workshops will be led by the Bush Theatre’s trained drama team, and include fun games and exercises, as well as a free lunch.

Bush Theatre community producer Amanda Castro said the aim was to have a ‘fun, creative day’, and for the participants to meet other young people from the borough and share ideas.

“Together the young people will devise a unique short piece of theatre that they will perform for their parents and friends,” she explained. “It doesn’t matter if they have never had any experience in the theatre before.”

Two full day workshops – each for up to 40 youngsters from the borough – will run on February 15 and February 16 from 10am-4.30pm.

Working in small breakout groups, the young people will use the theme of 'Friendship' as a starting point and Amanda added that the final performance would be a celebration of the imagination and creativity developed through the day.

“We are really excited about this and hope it will become a regular half term activity as we’ve already had a lot of enquiries,” revealed Amanda. “Each performance will be completely unique to that day’s group.”

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a place on one of the Play in a Day workshops, email amandacastro@bushtheatre.co.uk or call 020 8743 3584.

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