News Group cel­e­brates the Bard’s birth­day

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

Pos­i­tive Youth Foun­da­tion (PYF) and the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany (RSC) are work­ing to­gether in a part­ner­ship which will see 50 young peo­ple take part in the Com­mu­nity Lit­er­ary Car­ni­val Pageant, us­ing the play Romeo and Juliet as in­spi­ra­tion. The group will be part of the pageant as it is led through Strat­ford from 11am to­day.

PYF and RSC have been work­ing to­gether since 2015. Susie Mur­phy, de­vel­op­ment man­ager from PYF, ex­plains: “This is an in­cred­i­bly mean­ing­ful part­ner­ship be­tween the RSC and PYF – both or­gan­i­sa­tions are see­ing huge ben­e­fits in unit­ing to de­velop qual­ity op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple.

“The re­la­tion­ship grew out of a re­assess­ment of young peo­ple’s ac­cess to the in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties on of­fer at the RSC. The part­ner­ship has cap­i­talised on the ex­per­tise from both sides to de­velop in­no­va­tive, thought­ful pro­grammes of ac­tiv­ity. We are re-imag­in­ing how we can con­tinue to con­nect young peo­ple to a na­tional trea­sure which sits on their doorstep.”

Young peo­ple are vis­it­ing the RSC ev­ery week to find out more about the work of its mu­sic de­part­ment. They have also found out more about the his­tory of the RSC , as well as the tech­ni­cal and per­for­mance side of the com­pany.

Ac­tiv­i­ties so far have in­cluded a Kids in Mu­se­ums takeover day of the RSC’s in­ter­ac­tive pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion The Play’s The Thing, and co-fa­cil­i­ta­tion of RSC youth project ReImag­ine.

Lau­ryn Brandy, 16, is one of the 250 young peo­ple to have ben­e­fit­ted from the part­ner­ship. She said: “I think the part­ner­ship be­tween PYF and RSC is awe­some.

“It makes to­tal sense – PYF helped us un­der­stand the pro­gramme a lit­tle bet­ter, and en­sure we are on time and open minded about new ex­pe­ri­ences. While the RSC just keeps of­fer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that make me go ‘wow.’”

Geraldine Collinge, di­rec­tor of events and ex­hi­bi­tions at the RSC , added: “The RSC has very much wel­comed the part­ner­ship with PYF over the past three years. It’s been great to look afresh at the his­tory of the RSC with the young peo­ple. To­gether we have en­joyed ac­tiv­i­ties con­nected to our ex­hi­bi­tion, The Play’s The Thing, which have been en­abled by fund­ing from the Her­itage Lottery Fund. I look for­ward to this part­ner­ship flour­ish­ing in the build up to Coven­try City of Cul­ture in 2021 .”

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