Warts and All Theatre, Warwickshire’s cutting-edge theatre company that enables everyone to speak their truth, is announcing a new programme of activity at Broad Street Hall, their new Coventry home.
This exciting programme gives young people a chance to engage in life-changing extraordinary theatre through Young Actors sessions for ages 4-21.
These workshops provide a fantastic training opportunity for children and young people, as participants work collaboratively with trained and experienced industry experts. Alongside learning theatre, drama skills and techniques, these sessions are a great opportunity for a Young Person to develop their confidence, public speaking and teamworking skills.
From September Warts and All Theatre will place their trust in parents and guardians as they move to a new “Pay On Your Terms” membership scheme, where participants choose a scheme that suits their personal situation.
£10, £20 and £30 monthly direct debit options are available, with all members receiving the same benefits and access to outstanding weekly sessions, but can now choose what they pay based on everyone’s personal circumstances.
“It’s all part of our renewed vision to make arts and culture accessible for as many people as possible. By offering a more flexible way of engaging with us, we will make more voices heard, society fairer and in turn enable communities to thrive,” says Christopher Elmer-Gorry, Artistic Director and CEO of Warts and All Theatre.
Participants of Warts and All Theatre programmes are also excited. Kirsten Harris, aged 20 said: “Going to Warts and All allows me to feel comfortable to say whatever it is I want to say, to speak up, to say what truly matters to me and have that be respected, and having a space to fully explore what your truth is.”
Warts and All Theatre are delivering this activity in line with their socially distanced COVID-19 secure planning, policies and procedures. Each activity has a face to face, blended learning or online provision that will be delivered based on local and national developments and guidance.
They are no stranger to adapting their delivery. Over the past five months, Warts and All has ran online masterclasses with some of the leading lights in the theatre world such as Adrian Lester, Benjamin Zephaniah, Fiona Shaw, Rob Brydon and Julie Walters, as well as virtual co-created plays and online acting training sessions. These programmes have meant that young people and their families have continued to have the chance to share their experiences, express themselves and remain in touch with the arts during lockdown.