The White City Youth Theatre group has teamed up with the Bush Theatre for its latest summer project to bring local young people’s ideas to life on a professional stage.
Working with professional playwright Jessica Sian, the White City Youth Theatre company will create a unique play set to be performed at the Uxbridge Road theatre at the end of July.
Young people – aged nine to 20 – will have the chance to share their ideas for developing the play, as White City Youth Theatre co-director Lucy Foxell explained the collaboration is a ‘really exciting project’.
“It is about getting inspiration from them, so we have already had ideas on topics like living in Shepherds Bush, elections and mental health,” she added.
“Jessica is also gathering young people’s ideas based on the YouTube videos they are watching and music they are listening to, which will influence the script.”
White City Youth Theatre
The White City Youth Theatre officially launched as a dedicated local Community Interest Company (CIC) three years ago, after having been previously run under a sports-focused charity.
Now run by Lucy and co-director Melanie Thaw, the free group meets each Monday after school at St Michael & St George Church hall, in Commonwealth Road, White City, with separate sessions for juniors aged 9-11 and seniors aged over 11.
Over the coming weeks, the group will meet regularly with playwright Jessica, before spending a week dedicated to rehearsals at the Bush Theatre from 24 July, the first week of the summer holidays.
The final performance will be on the Bush Theatre’s main stage at the end of July.
“It is about the process of creating the script as much as the performance itself,” explained Melanie. “People can come in and out of the process of developing the script, and there are opportunities in costume design and props for those who don’t want to perform.”
Those who have never been involved in drama or theatre projects before are encouraged to take part, and ‘just need to be enthusiastic and willing to have a go’, Melanie added.
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