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Livewire theatre group announce new workshops

Communities / Thu 12th May 2022 am31 06:40am

NOW into the second year of their grant from The National Lottery Community fund, Livewire are delighted to announce new workshops for this term and the summer holidays.

As a charity that has been in Harlow since 2001, Livewire has always aimed to provide quality experiences for young people that help them develop their confidence, find friends and to create theatre on issues that are important to them. Last summer, for example, the young people of Livewire devised a performance called ‘Love Beach’ which looked at the serious issues  ‘Celebrity’ and social media are having on young people’s body image and self esteem. This was created as part of the ‘Playhouse Summer School’ and was later performed on the main stage with aspirations to be taken to a theatre in London later this year.

This summer The Playhouse and The Livewire Trust are delighted to announce the return of “The Playhouse Summer School’ which will begin on Monday 22nd August. 

Places are aimed at young people who have an interest in performing arts and maybe taking GCSE/BTEC or A-Level in that area. Places are available to young people going into Yr10 and above and young people can choose to be part of the drama group, devising and performing the original piece or, participants could also choose to be part of the innovative LMC (Livewire Music Collective) who write and perform the original songs and soundtrack for live performance. Participants can also choose to be a part of the hugely successful LDC (Livewire Dance Collective) and choreograph and perform as part of the final performance. 

Livewire is also delighted to be back at Victoria Hall Theatre earlier in the summer! 

After spending a week at Pemberley Academy devising the performance piece Livewire will take it’s annual Theatre Challenge to perform at the much loved local Theatre. Places are available for young people going into Yr7,8 and 9 and no experience is necessary, this will begin on Monday 1st August and, like the Playhouse Summer School, will be 9am – 3.30pm every day with a public performance on the Friday evening.

Creative Director Sam Ashford said “We are so excited to be able to offer so much for our community this summer. We believe that all young people should have access to the arts for free, this is why we will never charge a penny for our activities and we hope the people of Harlow will keep turning up, will keep supporting and will keep encouraging others to take part! I’d like to thank Rory Davies at The Playhouse and Neil Coster at Pemberley Academy for allowing us to use their spaces, without their support we would struggle to exist, their help is greatly appreciated and we are lucky to have them both in our town”.

Livewire runs weekly sessions and are looking for new members to take part. 

Newly appointed Chair to the Trust Gemma Nicholson explained “We have two groups we are focussing on at the moment, existing participants have moved up to older groups, we are looking for new members to join and take part in weekly sessions. 

Firstly, our drama and games group for Yr7,8 and 9 at Pemberley Academy every Monday 7-9pm.

Secondly, I am also delighted to announce our brand new Singing group! Singing has always been a passion of mine and I am delighted that this has it’s own session every Wednesday at The Playhouse 5-6pm“.

Participation is always free! Full details can be found via the Livewire Website www.livewiretheatre.co.uk or you can contact Livewire directly via email [email protected] or search on social media “LivewireTheatre”.

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