I have always enjoyed drama and acting, I studied drama in secondary school and during my spare time I wanted to do more workshops so I joined Brixton Youth Theatre at the age of 14, they allowed me to enhance and develop the skills I needed to progress while in a fun environment. From here I went onto study Performing Arts at Lambeth College and then getting accepted into Middlesex University to study Theatre Arts. I spent 3 years in university focusing solely on acting and directing. Acting was always a passion for me, but having the option to direct productions was a new avenue to just look into. The experience I gained at in those 3 years with priceless, I learnt a lot about myself and the industry, the opportunities that were presented to me, I took full advantage of them. I finally graduated in 2017 with a BA in Theatre Studies. All thanks to Brixton Youth Theatre who helped to start my adventure – Now I’m at Identity Acting School and I am also apart of the Young Vic’s Genesis Programme. Looking back, Brixton Youth Theatre was the gateway to allowing me to step out of my comfort zone and work with trained professionals, without the support of the tutors of BYT behind me, I would have never been able to learn a lot of key skills and had opportunities that has brought me so far.
BYT members have been having a fantastic time honing their film acting skills and devising and writing short film scripts which we hope to make into short films next term.
At the end of term we are going have a ‘work in progress sharing’ of the unedited scenes that have been filmed so far.
Ahead of their run of ‘The Moors’ actor Tonderai Munyevu and director Arne Pohlmeie lead a drama workshop with BYT members, which focused on some of the techniques they used in their rehearsal process.
- learn fantastic new acting and performance skills
- take part in theatre trips
- hear about opportunities to audition for TV films and theatre
- make new friends
- etc..etc…the list is endless…
Under the theme, ‘We Belong’ they created and performed work that focused on identity, and explored their anxieties around fitting in.
Their pieces brilliant complimented the reminiscences of the older participants.
We have some exciting projects coming up – starting with some Spoken Word workshops and rehearsals for the ‘We Belong’ Vintage Voices event (details below) – check it out.
‘We Belong’ Vintage Voices and Brixton Youth Theatre event – 28 April 2018
Brixton Community Base and Sixteenfeet Productions would like to invite you to an evening of readings, recordings and reminiscence mapping Brixton’s recent past. The event will be hosted by the spoken word artist Elliot Daley, aka ‘Wordplay’ and will feature performances by Brixton Youth Theatre.
This project has involved local people sharing their memories of Brixton from the 1950’s to the present day. The resultant stories are thought-provoking, moving and at times very funny! We are presenting original works under the 2018 Brixton Design Trail theme, ‘We Belong’ as an acknowledgement of the connectivity between different culture, ages, hopes and ambitions.
Come and join us at Brixton Community Base, Talma Road, SW2 1AS on Saturday 28 April from 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
If you are interested in joining BYT and taking part in this event please getting touch.
We’ve been working this term on helping participants with their GCSEs
Hopefull, our workshops on Macbeth and the play DNA will bring top results!
Check out some of our BYT members sharing their thoughts in this short documentary about the science of peer-influences and why young people take risks that they take.
This lead to some inspiring themes for our improvisation workshops.