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Drama project for young actors begins this Sunday

The University of Worcester is developing an exciting new weekly drama project aimed at budding young local actors.

Launched in February at The Hive, Worcester’s joint University and public library, the project has proved so successful that it is expanding to include a second venue. There are also now dedicated sessions for younger children.

The project consists of two Youth Performance groups, one based at The Hive, and the other at Perdiswell Young People's Leisure Club. Both groups will offer eight to 16 year-olds the chance to work with University staff and drama students to make original, innovative theatre from scratch.

The University of Worcester’s Drama Outreach Coordinator, Julie Fisher, explains: “We’re thrilled to be building on the success of our youth theatre group at The Hive. Expanding the work to two venues allows us to reach more young people, and create exciting new work for performances across the City."

Liz Swift, Head of Drama at the University adds: "This is a fantastic project because it is so beneficial for everyone taking part. Our students are able to gain practical experience, and the young people have a chance to work closely with skilled dramatists."

Each venue will host weekly groups, split in to two sessions. At The Hive, the group will meet every Sunday, with a session for 8 - 12 year olds from 2pm until 3.30pm at The Oasis, and a session for 13 - 16 year olds in The Studio from 2pm - 4pm.

The group at Perdiswell will run from 4pm - 5.30pm for 8 - 12 year olds, and from 5.30pm - 7pm for those aged 12 and over.

The sessions cost £2 at The Hive.

Sessions begin this Sunday (22 September).

No booking is necessary, although each participant will need their parent or guardian to sign a consent form at the beginning of their first session. All are welcome regardless of experience.

For more information, contact 01905 855028, or email