YEP, it’s just the beginning
Posted by Everyman Playhouse on 2nd Feb 2012 at 17:03 | Community, YEP | 0 comments
On the 24th January 2012 the Playhouse was invaded with young people celebrating the launch of YEP
YEP or Young Everyman Playhouse is a new initiative set up to teach 16 to 25 year olds skills within theatre OR if you are between 11 and 25 you can just sign up and are eligible to receive £5 theatre tickets.
I am Peter Greggs, I am 18 and part of the Young Communicators programme. Our job is to talk to press, design logos, posters, flyers and organise events. Since October we have been working on the launch and it was so nice to see our ideas come to life.
5:30pm, over 200 people took to Williamson Square to flash mob their socks off! The Samba band added to the effect and the parade of six foot lanterns spelling out YEP created the festival feel we were going for, and I think its fair to say we launched LOUD. One by one people entered the Playhouse auditorium, using their wristband as a pass of entry.
Me and Amy Horne MC’d the night, first showing an amazing video followed by extracts from performances written by Graduate Young Writers performed by the Young Actors. A speech by the Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz moved us all and the Young Everyman Playhouse Director Matt Rutter took to the stage shortly after. An after party followed where we got to talk to other members from different strands.
The next morning, we all gathered in the festival themed stalls bar to greet the press, and tell them our exciting ideas! They were allowed to circulate, speaking to the young people to show the press our enthusiasm for the group. 11:10am, time for our BBC Radio Merseyside interview, nervous being on radio I think we’d all agree but never the less an exciting experience.
It was really heart warming reading all of the Press’s reactions to YEP, we all feel so passionate about the programme and to hear other people responding so well was amazing.
I’m proud to say I was involved in a landmark in the theatre’s history, and even more proud of my peer’s and the professionals we work with for making it unforgettable!
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