FIFTEEN youngsters and staff from the Palace Youth Theatre successfully took part in the first English speaking Belgian drama festival in April.
The group performed ‘The Interknot’, a devised piece which looks at the perils of cyber bullying, in the Room Upstairs to raise funds for the trip before taking it to the drama festival in Antwerp.
Over the course of the three day festival PYT performed to hundreds of other drama groups from across the UK and Europe as well as taking part in drama workshops.
The festival was organised by Lynne Vaughn, the founder of the original Palace Youth Theatre in the 1970’s.
The group are now looking to perform ‘The Interknot’ in schools and youth centres in Redditch.
Celia May, PYT parent, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to travel and organise themselves independently, enriching relationships and gaining new friendships whilst experiencing another culture.”
Student, Katie Booth, said: “PYT has given me invaluable experiences over the years and the trip to Belgium has been one of them. I met new people, built stronger friendships and got to perform in another country.”
Fellow actress Beth Gibbs added: “This was one of the most enjoyable, fun and new experiences I have had the privilege to take part in. I have built stronger relationships with everyone and I am so incredibly grateful for the entire weekend.”
Lizzi Tabberer, Youth Theatre and Arts Officer, said: “We are so proud of all of the students who attended the festival. They all did extremely well with their performances and were a credit to the Youth Theatre. We are still looking for ways to fundraise to help cover the cost of the trip so if you have any ideas or would like to help, please get in touch.”
To help the group with their fundraising campaign, or book them to perform at a school or youth centre, contact Liz on Lizzi.email@example.com or call 07951 100480.