|In Girona in Spain at an International Theatre Festival|
Wolverhampton City Council have got in a big old mess, partly because of cuts from central government and partly because there was some kind of major flaw in the budgetting plans. They’ve made a bit of a booboo though and decided, as part of major cuts, to reduce their contribution to the voluntary sector from £2.5 million to just £900,000 which includes cuts to the Newhampton Arts Centre and Central Youth Theatre, two charities that don’t deserve this!
To save CYT you can sign a petition now! The petition asks simply for more time, because the council wants to cut all funding in March, but with more time CYT would have the chance to work out a new way of funding itself 🙂
With CYT me and my mates travelled to Austria, Italy and Spain to represent Wolverhampton (and the country) at theatre festivals, going on my first one when I was only 13 and it was SICK! Going to the festivals gave me an interest in languages and that’s why I study them now. Its where I made some of my best, best friends and grew in confidence and its actually a bit scary to imagine how different I’d be without it. For a city that suffers from a depressing national reputation, the voluntary sector in Wolverhampton sparkles in its commitment to do good, and is something we really deserve to be proud of. But the council is set to completely destroy this tradition in our city.
CYT is different to other youth theatres, not least because it doesn’t charge as much as other places. It also does things very differently:
“Besides our weekly sessions on a Sunday we deliver work experience placements for school children, colleges and universities – in office admin, technical theatre and costume design.
The kind of artistic work we deliver is very different – we regularly take members to international festivals. We concentrate on the type of productions that young people wouldn’t do in school. We try to expand their knowledge of literature, playwrights, different styles of performance work and bring in specialist tutors to develop specific skills. We also incorporate making short films into our work and projects that celebrate the heritage and history of Wolverhampton.
We regularly invite former members who now work in the theatre, film and TV industry to work with us and share their skills. This is very inspiring for young people to realise that these professionals also started as members of CYT.” [Jane Ward MBE, the director]
They also have a store of over 10,000 professional quality costumes. You’d never believe this gem exists in Wolverhampton and you’d never believe it exists and survives because of one woman who has dedicated her life to it.
|Me as a sheep xox|