Building on the succesful Theatre Takeover in Summer 2019, participants of the YMCA Takeover, phase 2 will be guided through the creation of their own Theatre piece, from the initial idea to performance.

You will work with 2 project leaders, both professionals in their field of writing and performance, to create a Theatre piece around the topics that matter to you.

You’ll learn the ins and outs of Theatre tech and stage management as you turn one of the spaces at the YMCA into your very own studio Theatre space to perform in.

The YMCA Takeover is for 12-18 year olds. The age range has been raised this time due to the content that may emerge during the creative process. However, 11 year olds will be accepted with prior consent from a parent or carer with this understanding. Please include this consent on the questions part of the sign up form

Who will I be working with?

Katie Doubtfire – Performance Specialist

Katie Doubtfire is a performer from Scarborough with over 24 years experience. She has studied drama, dance, music and performance since childhood and has had main roles in various shows including Mary Poppins, Sister Act and Grease in Scarborough. She has also appeared in TV documentaries and films including “A Crack in Time” which made its debut, and won its category, at the New York Film Festival. Alongside her own performance career, Katie also directs shows for the YMCA Theatre and has designed and facilitated several creative outreach projects for young people aged 13-18, collaborating with various venues including YMCA Scarborough, Brunswick Shopping Centre and Scarborough Disability in Action. Katie taught Drama as an academic subject in Whitby for over 2 years as well as facilitating a weekly Drama club for KS3 students, focussed on confidence building, which culminated in a summer showcase each year. She currently teaches Musical Theatre at the Pauline Quirke Academy, Scarborough.

Hayley Green – Writing Specialist

Hayley Green is a writer and performer originally from Nottingham who has been running workshops and projects for varying audiences for over 6 years. She is an ex-member of the Mouthy Poets, the UKs largest poetry collective, has performed alongside artists such as Caroline Bird, Lemn Sissay and John Agard, delivered numerous projects within schools and communities around the UK and Europe and performed in a veriety of theares inclusing the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. She was the founder of Write Minds, an organisation working with young people affected by self-harm and suicidal ideation, using creativity as a form of release and support and is the founder and lead producer of Writing Proud – an LGBTQ writing network who run Write Pride – a writing festival celebrating LGBTQ writing from around the UK. Hayley has taught poetry and creative writing in schools, colleges and community settings, including working with young people in care and care leavers and currently teaches at Scarborough TEC.

Sounds ace... when is it?

Tuesday 14th-Saturday 18th April 10am-4pm:

The first part of the project will take place every day from the 14th to the 18th April. During this time you’ll take part in writing and performance workshops to devise the theatre piece you will perform at the end of the project.

Tuesday 14th-Saturday 18th April 7:30-10pm (over 14s only)

Those of you that are interested in a producing role will have the chance to shadow the backstage crew and tech team during the run of YMCA Productions’ High School Musical where you will learn vital skills including lighting control and stage management.

Thursdays, 6-8pm from 23rd April – 14th May:

You will then attend evening sessions at the YMCA to rehearse and produce your show. During this time you will decide what role you would like to take in the creation of the show . Teams will include performance, directing, stage management, tech and marketing, just like a professional Theatre company.

Saturday 16th May (times tbc):

The Saturday before the show, you will take part in the transformation of one of our rooms into a functioning performance space complete with working tech.

Sunday 17th May: Performance

Audience will be invited to watch your performance where you will experience how to run a professional Theatre space including front of house, tech and stage management.

Thursday 21st May, 6-8pm: Afterparty

Come and celebrate your success and discuss what you have learnt throughout the project, whilst having loads of fun!

I'm in... where do I sign up?

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