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Youth Theatre Project

Freedom Studios on board at Grange to create youth theatre

Grange Technology College has established an exciting link with local intercultural theatre company, Freedom Studios to create a youth theatre.  With the support of funding by Bradford Council, Freedom Studios are running sustainable projects in local schools to make the performing arts more accessible to young people in the city and surrounding areas.   

Initially for a period of two years, students will benefit from the provision of their own youth theatre project, accessed through a drama club at the school site.  Two arts professionals from Freedom Studios are attending the drama club weekly to lead Performing Arts classes. The project is in its early stages but a core group has been established and word is spreading around the school, resulting in an greater interest and student numbers attending the classes.  Performing Arts is new to the curriculum at Grange this academic year, and following the appointment last year of Subject Leader, Leila Airey, the department school is developing an interest in drama, music, theatre and dance amongst students through lessons, the drama club, a workshop with the West Yorkshire Playhouse and now by establishing this link with Freedom Studios. 

The group were fortunate enough to be involved in a city wide celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, culminating in their first public performance at Bradford City Hall on Monday 15th June.  We were pleased to have this story covered by the Telegraph & Argus on Monday 15th June.  You can read their story here.

Leila Airey said: “We are delighted to be working with Freedom Studios and to have the opportunity to participate in a city wide event which celebrates such a historically significant event.  It is exciting to be working in a sustainable way to bring opportunities to our students which they might not otherwise been able to access.”

Deborah Dickinson, Creative Producer at Freedom Studios said:  'We are excited about our partnership with Grange Technology College and enabling students to be creative and confident and to tell their own stories through the performing arts.’