Sherman Theatre is committed to developing the theatre makers of the future both through its Artist Development schemes and its Community and Engagement projects. Over the next few days, work created by young people as the result of two initiatives will be shared with audiences.
Today, 5 April, we present The Lost Generation, a showcase of brand new theatre created, performed and owned by students from Radyr Comprehensive School and St Teilo’s Church in Wales School. The work being shared this evening is the result of a fully supported research and development process which Sherman Theatre’s Communities and Engagement department has run with the two schools. Sherman Theatre’s Communities and Engagement Coordinator Timothy Howe has said “All the creative choices, from the scripts, to the set, the lighting and the sound have been choices made by the students – the Sherman’s professional theatre makers have supported their vision wholeheartedly.” This is a Creative Collaborations project funded by Arts Council Wales.
Over the past six months Sherman Theatre has given young people aged 15 -18 experience of writing a play for the first time through its Introduction to Playwriting scheme. Writers including Branwen Davies, and Matt Hartley have worked with participants to develop their skills. On 9 April, these young playwrights will share their work with an audience for the very first time in what will be a celebration of young voices expressing themselves in a medium new to them. Introduction to Playwriting is a three year project supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The sharing is the result of the first 6 months of this initiative.