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Theatre by/for/with Young People - Meeting for young people aged 14-25

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What can we do together, to create more opportunities for young people in the city to experience and create theatre?

This meeting is being held by Brighton People's Theatre and Our Future City. It is for young people aged 14 and 25 who are interested in any aspect of theatre making: writing, devising, performing, producing, directing, stage management, set, lighting or sound design.

We want to know:

  • Do you have enough opportunities to develop your interest in theatre making?

  • What are the biggest barriers you have to overcome to make theatre?

  • What new initiatives might support you to create theatre in the city?

Why?

  • Since 2010 there has been a 28% drop in the number of young people taking creative GCSEs according to the Cultural Learning Alliance.

  • Sutton Trust research found that despite just 7% of British kids attending private schools, 42% of British BAFTA winners attended a fee-paying school.

  • The Acting Up report found that since 2010 the country has lost 1700 drama teachers and the number of students taking A level drama have dropped by 27%.

  • Acting Up also heard evidence from across the country of trips to the theatre being cut, or only being given as part of the curriculum if a play was being studied for an English or Drama GCSE. The lack of experience in live theatre was a key concern. This includes visits to theatre buildings where young people can learn about the range of career pathways open in the arts more broadly.

  • Once people leave drama school they then have to navigate an industry where low pay or no pay for work in the first few years is seen as the norm. Equity’s most recent survey of members found that 11% earned nothing from their work in the entertainment industry and 67% earned either nothing or under £10k per year.

  • This all contributes towards Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National Theatre, saying this week that the Government's creative education policy is reinforcing inequality and the myth that 'culture and creativity belong naturally to the elite, that they are not for everyone'.

We passionately believe that theatre is for everyone. While we might not be able to change the Government's education policy, we can contribute to making change locally.

As a result of this research and development Brighton People's Theatre will be creating a new strand of work with children and young people to sit alongside our work with adults in the city. We anticipate several new initiatives developing through this process, which we will deliver in partnership with other organisations.

Come along and get involved!

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