SOUTHWARK ‘STAGE’ NEW ENDOWMENT PROJECT FOR YOUTH WITH THE OLD VIC
Southwark are the first council in London to officially commit to a new Endowment Trust set up by the Old Vic theatre by giving £500,000 to the project.
The money will come from the council’s youth fund, which was set up in 2011 to create opportunities for young people in the borough to enhance their CV and give them unique experiences that help them stand out from their peers and give them some small advantage in the competitive higher education or job markets.
The Old Vic’s chief operating officer, Kate Varah, said: “We’re delighted to have found such a visionary partner in Southwark Council with whom we have worked closely over the last 10 years.
“Our corporate membership tell us that employability skills among young people aren’t always at the level they need to be.
“As a theatre, we can see how to address that gap, and look forward to working with Southwark council to help realise their ambitions for young people in their borough.”
Southwark council leader Cllr Peter John said: “We are really excited to be linking up with one of the world’s leading theatres and offering Southwark’s school children the chance to benefit from working in and understanding business and the theatre.
“Children and young people in Southwark have so much potential, and as a council we want to help them realise this potential and benefit from all that our borough and London has to offer.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Southwark schools and also helps secure the next phase of the Old Vic’s life in SE1.”
For more details about the Endowment Trust and council’s Youth Fund please see the full report online. (Source: Southwark council press release)
SOUTH LONDON THEATRE CENTRE in West Norwood are looking for volunteers to help with the ongoing clear out of wardrobe, every Saturday in February and the 14th of March, 2-6pm. No costume experience required, just energy and enthusiam!
Email [email protected] to let the centre know you are coming, or just turn up any Saturday afternoon. (They are also seeking volunteers to help spruce up the rehearsal room loo, so if you have a couple of hours to spare and are handy with a paint brush….!)
In their latest newsletter the theatre committee say the start time for restoration of their “beloved fire station theatre” has been moved back to October 2015 – which has potentially given them eight more slots for in-house shows.
“Please do keep an eye on the website for further announcements about the 2015 season, as shows are being announced as they are confirmed. “Particularly exciting, and a first for SLT, is April Fools, a three night festival of comedy from the 23rd to 25th of April, with different comics every night. Tickets available for all shows from the Box Office on 020 8670 3474.
In Prompt Corner from 24th February the theatre are presenting The Thrill of Love by Amanda Whittington, described as a gripping drama about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. www.southlondontheatre.co.uk