The Old Vic
"The Old Vic has a strong education, community engagement and talent development policy led by our Old Vic New Voices team. To us great theatre is not only about great plays, great performances and great nights out, but is also about nurturing young talent and working with schools and our neighbours to bring theatre to as wide and diverse an audience as possible.
David Ross Foundation's support enabled us to extend our reach beyond the M25 and work with Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton and Havelock Academy in Grimsby. It was fantastic to work with an organisation so absolutely committed to broadening young people's horizons through a wide and diverse range of experiences. We hope there are further opportunities for partnership working in the future.
Young people have always been at the heart of Kevin Spacey's vision for The Old Vic. Our award-winning education programme comprises bespoke projects that take inspiration from the Old Vic season as well as contemporary issues affecting young people which raise their aspirations and stimulate debate. Young actors, writers, directors and producers need support, advice and opportunities to test their creativity particularly in the early years of their career development. 5,000 emerging artists have benefited directly from the Old Vic's mentoring programme to date.
The Barclays Capital Staging Success programme, now closed, invited 40 schools pre season to spend a day at The Old Vic Theatre participating in production related workshops: Producing, Directing, Design and Marketing. Students initially worked in their school groups before being organised into mixed groups. The mixed groups participated in each of the four workshops on rotation, each workshop lasting 45 minutes. Students then formed their own theatre companies and decided on how they would take the play 'from page to stage' before presenting their ideas on The Old Vic stage at the end of the day. In the evening students returned to The Old Vic to watch a live production."
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