Shout About It
In March 2023 we presented our second Youth Takeover at Theatre Royal Winchester.
Our Youth Theatre performed pieces they had created after finding something they were passionate about, to shout about. The theme of the Takeover was ‘Shout About It’.
This year the Takeover consisted of performances from:
- Drama and Theatre (School Years 4 – 7) – about their special things and keeping them safe.
- Drama and Theatre (School Years 8 – 11) – about the things they love and how the adults around them need to ask rather than tell.
- Musical Theatre (School Years 4 – 7) – about climate change and how everyone can do their bit to tackle the issue.
- Musical Theatre (School Years 8 – 11) – about the importance of being listened to and the dangers of social media.
- South Wonston after-school club – about how powerful the imagination can be.
Hundreds of families came to the Takeover and we want to thank everyone for coming to watch and support their children and others.
"The quality of work we saw tonight was outstanding. Thank you for giving the children a voice, an opportunity to be heard and a moment to shine."
Our Youth Theatre Producer, Shian Hunter, said: ‘All the performances were created by the young people with the help of our Playmakers team. All the work was their own words and original thoughts and they all should be very proud of themselves.’
Blue Apple’s Special Assignments Company also performed a walkabout piece called Complimentary Colours, which saw them – dressed head to toe in one colour – pick someone wearing the same colour and pay them a compliment!
During the interval we enjoyed listening to music from the Twin Monsters on the keyboard.
A Youth Theatre parent, said: 'Firstly to say how fantastic I thought the performances were at the theatre on Friday night, from all the groups that performed. It was such a lovely evening - we all really enjoyed it. Thank you to you and all the team for all your hard work organising it. My daughter, despite some serious nerves beforehand, also really enjoyed it. It is a really big milestone for us to see her up on such a big stage, speaking so clearly - she has verbal dyspraxia and still has speech therapy, so speaking like that is a really big deal for her, and we were very proud. Thank you and the team for all the encouragement you've given her.'
"The atmosphere was great and the support the teams were giving each other was simply amazing."