Freedom Studios Looking For New Youth Theatre Members For Exciting New Project

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The award-winning Bradford theatre company Freedom Studios is looking for new members aged between 11-19, to join their Youth Theatre and get involved in an exciting new project over the coming months.

Freedom Studios’ youth theatre continues to offer free weekly sessions and workshops. They’ve created a space where young people can connect, create, and express themselves. The theatre company is committed to making youth theatre accessible to every young person in Bradford and surrounding areas; no matter the ability, experience, background, or circumstance.

Freedom Studios know that online workshops will never replace what you can achieve when physically together. But they won’t let the current situation stop them making; and have created a flexible programme of work that will meet as many needs as possible.

Over the coming months, there will be two ways that new members can get involved in the Youth Theatre.

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“Make: Film”

For those who are looking to get their teeth stuck into a significant, creative project, a small number of the Youth Theatre members will form a small film production company that will make a short film. Not only will they write and perform in the films, but they’ll also be guided through a production process. From fundraising and pitching to screening and dissemination. All sessions will be delivered through workshops; via a combination of Zoom and also in-person, where possible, at Kala Sangam under the guidance of actor, film director and online content creator Tanya Vital. Tanya will also be joined by theatre practitioners Chris Singleton and Leah Francis.

The project is part of Bradford City Council’s Make: Film scheme. The scheme inspires experienced amateur and professional filmmakers to create striking original short films. And the films will be shown and distributed by Bradford Council and other partners. These include Bradford2025, Bradford UNESCO City of Film, and also the National Science and Media Museum. They’ll be shown via digital platforms, social media, and at screenings, subject to COVID-19 guidelines.

All members are welcome to the relaxed, online drop-in online workshops. Even if they can’t commit to taking part in the Film: Making project. Sessions will take place on Saturday 21st November, 5th December, and also every Saturday in January.

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“Learn new skills and have fun”

The Freedom Studio Youth Theatre will also be hosting a series of exciting Q&As on Zoom. Leading theatre creatives will share their knowledge and experience with members. The line-up will include Balvinder Sopal (Suki Webster in EastEnders) and actor and director Mina Anwar (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Sheffield Theatres). The BAFTA award-winning writer and producer Mark Catley (EastEnders, Call The Midwife) and Lisa Holdsworth (Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile, Freedom Studios).

Freedom Studios Co-Artistic Director Aisha Khan said: “We are so pleased that we can continue to deliver creative sessions that inspire the young people of Bradford and hope lots of new members will want to join Freedom Studios Youth Theatre to learn new skills and have fun!  Some of our young people are already busy on the Make: Film project. Creating short films and starring themselves – we can’t wait to see what they make!”

Membership to the Freedom Studios Youth Theatre is free. In order to take part, you must reserve a place and complete and return a registration form which will be available at https://www.freedomstudios.co.uk/freedom-studios-youth-theatre-20-21/

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