Bristol Old Vic celebrates young company’s 25th anniversary

Bristol Old Vic celebrates young company’s 25th anniversary

Bristol Old Vic’s young company

Over 400 young people from across Bristol will take to the stage tomorrow to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Old Vic’s young company.

As part of the one-day theatre festival to mark the anniversary of the largest youth theatre company outside London, Spark Theatre Makers, Bristol Old Vic’s disabled and learning disabled company, will make their debut performance.

Tomorrow’s event has been inspired by the shows and stories that have been performed by Young Company members over the past 25 years.

In addition, young company groups working in Bristol schools including Bradley Stoke Community College, Merchants’ Academy and Bristol Metropolitan Academy will take to the stage.

Lisa Gregan, Young Company Director, said: “Our job at Bristol Old Vic is not just to create actors and directors of the future but, more importantly, to provide opportunities for young people from every part of the city to develop their own imaginative powers, their self-confidence and their voice for whatever the future holds.”

Lucy Hunt, Engagement Director, said: “In 2007, when the theatre was on the point of closure and professional productions were not taking place, the Young Company continued, breathing life into the theatre and keeping the heartbeat of the place alive.

“The organisation wouldn’t be here without them and the future of theatre wouldn’t be possible without the constant influx of talented young people gaining confidence and discovering their voices for the first time in this way.”

Performances are free of charge and will be taking place in the Weston Studio between 11am – 8.30pm on Saturday 6 April.

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