To provide a pathway for Black and Asian young people into theatre and dance in Plymouth.
About the project
In 2014 I undertook some research and consultation with Black and Asian young people aged 11-19. All of them expressed the desire for a performance company that would give them the confidence to learn skills in dance and theatre in an environment that feels safe and comfortable. When asked if they thought a company like this would be something they would like to see happen in Plymouth a response was
"I feel that it would be even more beneficial to those ethnic minorities that have a hard time at school, giving them an environment that enables them to feel comfortable in their own skin, express themselves via the use of theatre and also allows them to develop as individuals is something Plymouth needs to have."- Chiluya, Research participant.
Part of the project will be that they create and rehearse their own performances as well as introducing them to other opportunities in the city, so they feel that they can integreate with other young people. We will be introducing them to Black and Asian artists in the city and nationally, so that they have role models to aspire to.
The funding will be used to hire rehearsal space for the young people and to be able to take them to see performances within the city.