News Group celebrates the Bard’s birthday
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 .”