Authentic Voices streamlined Theatre Centre’s Education work focussing on the Company’s strengths in new writing. Young People were given the opportunity to write and experience Theatre Centre’s professional processes.
In 2003 the Production of Reality Check gave public and professional form to the voices on the 3 year Young Apprentice programme. Out of an original 50 young people the eventual writers were, Towhida Afsar, Nasima Begum, Dilruba Begum, Rahima Begum, Sophie Bowman, Shirin Hirsch, Fahima Nessa, Holly Samson and Tunde Sanusi.
The show successfully completed the cycle of work which began in 2001 with workshops around the productions of Souls by Roy Williams and Jumping On My Shadow by Peter Rumney. The 2 year process involved dramaturgical workshops with Theatre Centre writers Angela Turvey and Noël Greig and try-outs with professional actors. The production toured to the Half-Moon Theatre, the Soho Theatre Young Writer’s Festival and to E1 secondary schools.
After extensive evaluation of the last 3 years, the programme subsequently entered its second 3 year cycle. The aims remained the same, though there were four additional areas of focus:
The general aims of the project were to:
An annual festival of new young writers work.
A large scale professional production that maximises young people’s involvement.
A writer mentored to their own commission.
An artist/project worker employed to work on the programme
Collaboration with partner organisations
A young writers residency
A presence on the web
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