MORE THAN 30 Cambridge young people have created an original stage show which is being premiered this week, as the culmination of a six-week project run by Cambridge City Council and Cambridge Junction.
The youngsters aged 10-16 from Abbey, Cherry Hinton, East Chesterton and Trumpington, have been working alongside professionals from Cambridge Junction and Dancing Brick theatre company, to create the new theatrical work, ‘Shout!’ which will be premiered at Cambridge Junction on Thursday 24 October.
Since September the young people taking part in the project, which is run by the council’s Children’s and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS), have been learning theatrical and performing skills, and devising the original show which answers the question: “If you could change anything in this world, what would you change?”
The project is funded by the Arts Council and was the result of listening to 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, to increase opportunities, boost learning and promote a sense of community through shared activities.
Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “As a former teacher and school leader in Cambridge, I always especially enjoy seeing that fantastic creativity and energy that comes from young people’s theatre. I’m especially looking forward to seeing what kind of world-changing ideas the performers have been thinking about.
“The Shout project is one of the many really innovative ways the city council is working to tackle inequality in Cambridge. In projects like this we work hard to ensure that as many young people as possible have the chance to try new things, showcase their talents and fulfil their undoubted potential.”
Valentina Ceschi of Dancing Brick said: “Shout is a performance project that hands the stage over to 30 young people, aged between 10 and 16, all from different parts of Cambridge and lets their imagination run wild. It is a rare chance to hear what they have to say about the world and see them express themselves with raw creativity and passion.”
The performances take place on Thursday 24 October at Cambridge Junction 2 starting at 3pm and 6pm. People attending can pay what they feel is appropriate. For more information visit www.junction.co.uk/shout