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Young people come together to put on a show for theatre performance project

News release from 20/08/2019

YOUNG people in Cambridge are getting the chance to take part in live theatre, thanks to an innovative project run by Cambridge City Council and Cambridge Junction.

Around 60 youngsters aged between 10 and 16 from Abbey, Cherry Hinton, East Chesterton and Trumpington will be working alongside professionals from Cambridge Junction and Dancing Brick theatre company from September, to create an original theatrical work which will be premiered at Cambridge Junction in October.

The young people taking part in the project, which is run by the council’s Children’s and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS), will have the opportunity to learn new theatrical skills.

The project, called ‘Shout!’, is funded by the Arts Council and was initiated following feedback from young people in Cambridge, who expressed an interest in taking part in a theatre-based project.

It forms a part of the council’s work to encourage more young people to take part in cultural activities when they might not otherwise do so, in order to increase opportunities, boost their learning and promote a sense of community through shared activities.

There are still spaces available for young people aged 10-16 living in Abbey, Cherry Hinton, East Chesterton and Trumpington who wish to take part. Anyone interested can phone Steph Burwitz on 07753 431347 or email steph.burwitz@cambridge.gov.uk to find out more.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “This is another great opportunity for young people to get creative and learn new skills, working alongside arts professionals at a fantastic venue, with the exciting prospect of putting on their own show at the end of it.

“Our arts programme is just one of the ways we are tackling inequality, in order to help residents to broaden their horizons, fulfil their potential and make the most of the amazing opportunities that there are here in Cambridge.”

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