Young people from Shepherds Bush and White City are raising money through the H&F Hive to help launch them onto the stage at a national theatre festival.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council set up the H&F Hive to help local groups raise funds for community projects. In addition to raising money from friends and neighbours, projects can pitch for a share of £200,000* which H&F Council has made available to support great initiatives.
White City Youth Theatre (WCYT) and DanceWest have joined forces to work with 30 young people who will be performing a new play as part of the National Theatre’s prestigious NT Connections Festival in May 2018.
“I am delighted that local young actors have again been chosen to perform in the Connections Festival,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.
“The H&F Hive provides an excellent opportunity for them to raise the funds they need to put on a professional production. I hope local people will pitch in as well as go to see them on stage at the Bush.”
Rehearsals at the Bush
The enthusiastic young actors are raising money to fund their rehearsals and two professional productions, one of which will be performed at the Bush Theatre.
Lucy Foxell, Director of WCYT, said: “We are thrilled to have been selected to perform at the Connections Festival again. This is the third time that WCYT has been invited to take part. We have chosen to perform a play written specially for young people by talented playwright Phoebe Eclair-Powell.”
“It’s a physically demanding production telling a story about London after it has flooded, and our talented youngsters will be learning new skills in acting, dance and movement.”
Participants in last year’s festival are eager to explain how being involved in such a prestigious event has helped them to build their confidence and self-esteem.
Aspiring actor Mark, aged 14, said, “I was really scared before I did the show, but now I feel much more confident performing in front of an audience.” Fellow actor Rhea, aged 17, added, “It was so brilliant to be part of the Connections Festival – we got to perform in a professional theatre in front of a real audience.” And Talle, aged 12, said, “I felt like a professional actor when we performed to the public!”
If you would like to support the young actors, you can make a pledge here on the White City Youth Theatre & DanceWest page on the H&F Hive.
*The majority of the council funding for H&F Hive comes from contributions from developers, through the national Community Infrastructure Levy, which is designed to ensure the benefits of development projects are shared by local communities.