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GRAND ARENA YOUTH THEATRE

The launch of Grand Arena Youth Theatre in collaboration with the Arena Theatre in September 2016 was a huge success! Available spaces sold out in 3 hours, and members currently enjoy learning new drama techniques from our professional practitioners, everything from improvisation through to physical theatre. With plenty of musical theatre and dance opportunities available locally to young people, Grand Arena Youth Theatre gives members a rare opportunity to devise their own dramatic pieces of work instead.

Since the group started, members have produced five shows. The most recent show was George Orwell’s Animal Farm which was performed by our Senior members aged 14-18 on the Grand Theatre stage on Tuesday 21st May 2019. The show was a huge success and saw all of our members take on major roles; Doing this really highlighted just how talented all of our members are and how well they have picked up all they have been taught by our practitioners.

Currently our Junior members aged 9-13 are in rehearsal for a sight specific performance which they will be performing throughout the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in conjunction with out 125th Anniversary celebrations.

 

ABOUT OUR REHEARSALS

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With plenty of musical theatre and dance opportunities available locally to young people, Grand Arena Youth Theatre gives members a rare opportunity to devise their own dramatic pieces of work instead.

Weekly rehearsals take place on Monday evenings at the Arena Theatre on Wulfruna Street from 6pm – 7.30pm for Juniors (aged 9 – 13) and 8pm – 9.30pm for Seniors (aged 14 – 18).

To be added to the Senior Summer Term Waiting List (June onward) or the Junior Autumn Term Waiting List (September onward), please contact Creative Learning Assistant Lizzie Salisbury via email at lizzies@grandtheatre.co.uk with the full name of the young person and their date of birth.

PRACTITIONERS

Fran-Richards
Fran Richards
Practitioner

Fran has loved theatre from a young age and now has an extreme passion for small scale, devised and physical theatre especially that which is accessible to all. After receiving a first-class honours degree and the Jasmin Vardimon Award for Excellence in Physical Theatre whilst training, she began her career as a freelance Actor, working with companies including Birmingham REP, Shakespeare’s School Festival, Gazebo Theatre and Newave Art.

Alex-Turner
Alex Turner
Practitioner

Alex graduated with a distinction from Circomedia, the UK’s leading institution for Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre, in 2013.

Since then Alex has been performing globally, headlining multiple international comedy and performance festivals, primarily as a stage performer but he also holds a range of on screen credits.

Specialising in improvisation and devising, he makes his own shows to tour and works as a director and producer for other companies throughout the UK and Europe.