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Gloucester teenagers put on their own original show…on a moving train!

18 members of Gloucester’s Strike A Light Youth Theatre worked together to create and stage a brand new performance, taking place on board a train from Gloucester to Lydney.

Over the course of 2 hours, audience members – who had booked tickets specially – were treated to a journey of the imagination: starting on the platform at Gloucester train station, throughout the duration of the Gloucester-Lydney journey, and finally along the walk from Lydney station to the scenic harbourside.

11-18 yr olds from the youth theatre groups in Matson and CityWorks had worked on devising and rehearsing the production – called ‘Us’ – for 4 months. The finished show combined comedy, physical theatre and magic and delighted the audience who had come along to watch.

‘Us’ was commissioned by Gloucestershire Community Rail Partnership (GCRP) and CrossCountry as a way to connect Gloucester’s urban youth rural places through sustainable travel. The project was designed to show young people that they can use public transport as a vehicle to gain independence and confidence, also improving their health and wellbeing.

A spokesperson for GCRP said “we put people and communities at the forefront of all our thinking; our projects are designed to put Gloucestershire and the sustainable transport agenda on the map through a participative, community-led approach. By allowing young people to explore their feelings on rail travel, we can bridge the gap between communities and transport providers.”

Charlene Olaleye, Participation Producer for Strike A Light, said “it was just a fantastic day for everyone involved. The young people got to showcase their imagination and their skills in front of a real live audience. And the audience had a brilliant time, too!”

There are lots of opportunities for anyone interested in the project to get involved in similar activities in future:

  • if you like the sound of the train journey, the service from Gloucester to Lydney runs at regular intervals every day
  • if you’re interested in seeing exciting performances in unexpected places, keep an eye on Strike A Light’s upcoming events – the next planned activity is a mini-festival for young activists in Gloucester on 30 July.
  • if you know a young person who wants to join the youth theatre, places are open now to sign up for the new term, starting in September. Free places are available to those who need them. For more information, see strikealight.org.uk/take-part-youth-theatre-and-dance-in-gloucester/

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Youth Dance Juniors

By joining Youth Dance Juniors you will get to:

  • Perform in various dance showcases
  • Develop and experiment with dance techniques
  • Create original work
  • Work with exceptional choreographers
  • Gain opportunities, training and career prospects

As a member of the dance company you will receive fantastic opportunities not only to perform in but also to see new dance shows, with free tickets to events and performances.

Bookings are open now
A diverse and inclusive company, we welcome dancers from all backgrounds, capabilities and dance styles.

£70/term – free places also available

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Can you solve the Youth Theatre murder mystery?

The Strike A Light Youth Theatre have gotten themselves mixed up in some worrying business:

Camera Cameron has gone missing 😱 – but nobody is willing to say what happened…

Who is hiding the ultimate secret? Is somebody guilty? Which of the six suspects is the true culprit?

Watch what everyone has to say. Put the clues together. And see if you can guess whodunnit.

Win a prize!

First to send the right answer to rhiannon@strikealightfestival.org.uk wins a doorstep show from the Strike A Light Youth Theatre! 🎉


The suspects

So…whodunnit?

Send your guess of the guilty person’s name to rhiannon@strikealightfestival.org.uk – first to get it right wins a doorstep performance from these legends! 🎉

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Autumn 2020 distanced Events Participation Youth Theatre

Gloucestershire Arts Award Discover at Home

Check out our first digital arts award challenge from Strike A Light youth theatre practitioner Tom who will lead you through a magical corridor of games and improvisation to ignite your imagination.

Discover at Home is a special on-line version of Arts Award Discover, the first level of Arts Award and is aimed at children aged 11 and under. Arts Award is a set of awards for children and young people that gets them involved in and excited about arts and culture and celebrates their creative achievements.

Usually children are supported to achieve Arts Award by a trained Arts Award adviser. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, Arts Award Discover at Home has been designed to keep children engaged in the arts and creative while they are at home.

This resource is open to parents and carers, as well as schools and groups and can be delivered as part of a home-school partnership – ideal for summer holiday or transition and recovery projects into the Autumn term.

Discover at Home encourages children to:

  • develop a basic understanding of the arts
  • take part in arts activities
  • develop a basic understanding of communication

The structure of Arts Award Discover at Home

Children do this by completing all three parts:

  • Part A: take part in creative or arts activities and discover different types of ‘art’
  • Part B: find out about at least one artist and their work
  • Part C: share with others what they enjoyed and learned through doing the award

Thank you so much for taking part! If you’ve enjoyed this why not join our Youth Theatre in September?

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Education

Artsmark Partner

We are an accredited Artsmark Partner. That means we work with schools in Gloucester to offer a whole range of brilliant cultural opportunities for both young people and their teachers.

If you’re interested in how we can support you or your school in this way, just get in touch with our Youth Arts Producer, Charlene:

charlene@strikealightfestival.org.uk

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16+

Weekly sessions, open to all, where young people come together to learn and practice, led by professional theatre-makers of exceptional quality.

By joining the Youth Theatre, you get:

  • unique creative experiences
  • support to grow & develop in the performing arts
  • the chance to see fantastic shows for free
  • to become part of the Strike A Light family – including opportunities to gain work experience with us

We welcome all young people, whatever their background and capabilities. If you are concerned about any potential obstacle, please speak to us – we don’t want anyone to be excluded.

If you’ve got any questions, or would like to sign up, just email Charlene, our Youth Arts Producer: charlene@strikealightfestival.org.uk


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Youth Theatre

11-16s

Weekly sessions, open to all, where young people come together to learn and practice, led by professional theatre-makers of exceptional quality.

By joining the Youth Theatre, you get:

  • unique creative experiences
  • support to grow & develop in the performing arts
  • the chance to see fantastic shows for free
  • to become part of the Strike A Light family – including opportunities to gain work experience with us

We welcome all young people, whatever their background and capabilities. If you are concerned about any potential obstacle, please speak to us – we don’t want anyone to be excluded.

If you’ve got any questions, or would like to sign up, just email Charlene, our Youth Arts Producer: charlene@strikealightfestival.org.uk


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Education

Arts Awards

If you’re going for your Arts Award, we can help! We’ve got a few different projects and schemes that you can get involved with. To find out more, email our Youth Arts Producer, Charlene:

charlene@strikealightfestival.org.uk

Check out our ‘Discover at Home’ Digital Arts Award challenge!

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Education and career development

If you’re based in Gloucester and interested in the arts, we can help support you in your arts education and career development in loads of different ways:

Gloucester Future Producers

Would you like to set up a festival, create events or run and promote your own nights? Gloucester Future Producers could be for you!

Arts Awards

If you’re going for your Arts Award, we can help!

A person on a yoga mat on a stage in front of a class full of people.

Artsmark Partner

We work with schools in Gloucester to offer a whole range of brilliant cultural opportunities for both young people and their teachers.

Creative support

We love supporting young people to develop their artistic skills and careers. We can help you put on a show, find training or work opportunities – or we’d happily just have a chat with you!

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Youth Dance Company

By joining Youth Dance Company you will get to:

  • Perform in various dance showcases
  • Develop and experiment with dance techniques
  • Create original work
  • Work with exceptional choreographers
  • Gain opportunities, training and career prospects

As a member of the dance company you will receive fantastic opportunities not only to perform in but also to see new dance shows, with free tickets to events and performances.

Bookings are open now
A diverse and inclusive company, we welcome dancers from all backgrounds, capabilities and dance styles.

11-14s
🗓 Every Tuesday
4.30pm-5.30pm
📌 GL1 Leisure Centre, GL1 1DT

14+
🗓 Every Wednesday
6pm-7pm
📌 Dance Studio, University of Gloucestershire, GL2 9HW

£70/term – free places also available