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Time to shine

Tuesday 10th September 2013

This summer the Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre (GLYPT) ran a full programme of creative activities for young people aged 10 – 19 years at their base, The Tramshed in Woolwich.

There were a range of courses to get involved in; all taught by professional artists who inspired young directors, actors, dancers, radio presenters, rappers and poets to come together to learn and share their new talents.

This August GLYPT worked with Futureversity to deliver exciting workshops in filmmaking, street dance, radio, performance poetry and acting for 10-25 year olds.

Participants were introduced to industry professionals in order to stretch their skills including GLYPT’s Artistic Director, Jeremy James, Voice coach Louise Jones, Poet Anthony Anaxorgorou and choreographer Nina Koller, amongst others.

The young filmmakers explored comedy during their week-long course creating two short films called ‘Diary of a Sad Man’ and ‘Pie Face’. The young people enrolled on the radio course broadcasted their own shows live across the internet and all participants celebrated the work they had created at the end of week showcase.

Clare Newby, Participation Manager at GLYPT, said, “It was fantastic to see how much quality work could be produced in such a short amount of time. Whether the young people were learning complicated choreography, writing up to two or three poems a day, perfecting a monologue or creating a whole short film in just a week; they showed their motivation, creativity and ability to work together in a truly positive way.”

Chisara Agor, who took part in the course, added, “I learnt a range of skills from different professionals, I really enjoyed how they stretched our skill base over a short amount of time, Not only were we able to concentrate on our individual skills as an actor but also work as a commedia ensemble (mask) this allowed me to get a feel for the type of theatre I could be involved in and the amount of energy and voice that is involved.”

“I learnt how to try and get an agent and how to get noticed by one, how to prepare for an audition and to relax for one. What it’s like to do comedy and mask work how to develop the delivering of monologues (solo pieces).” Added fellow participant Danielle Kaur.