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CITY VARIETIES IN LEEDS: Backstage Pass for young people this Summer

Children aged seven to 17 are invited to participate in a wide range of activities this August at the world-famous City Varieties Music Hall (CVMH).

Backstage Pass is two weeks of fun-filled activities, including junk percussion, script writing, improvisation, directing, dance and performance workshops.

With the opportunity to meet new people, work with industry professionals, gain new skills and back stage access there’s something for everyone to get involved in. No experience necessary!

Catherine Hayward, Education Manager, said: “Backstage Pass offers children of all ages and abilities, first-timers or regular attendees, the chance to make friends, have fun and learn new skills.

“We hope that by opening our doors throughout the summer, that some, if not all of the children, will want to get involved year-round through our Youth Theatre, projects or workshops.”

Yorkshire Challenge Image (Rachel Lythe - Leeds Grand Theatre)

Run in collaboration with industry professionals, the programme runs as follows:

MONDAY 12 AUGUST: YOUTH THEATRE TASTER DAY (ages 7-17)

Ever wanted to know what goes on at City Varieties Youth Theatre? Come join our incredible creative team for a full day of acting, voice work and movement across our two fantastic venues; City Varieties Music Hall and Leeds Grand Theatre.

TUESDAY 13 AUGUST: RIGHT DIRECTION (ages 12-17)

Want to make a scene? Then let this workshop take you in the Right Direction. Learn the skills of instantly creating theatre through improvisation and then be given the directing tools from award-winning director Paul Birch that will help you turn your ideas into drama that makes a lasting impact.

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TUESDAY 13 AUGUST: JAMMIN AND JUNK’ MUSIC WORKSHOP (ages 7-11)

There is nothing professional musician Alex Cromarty can’t make music from! With a studio full of drums, ukuleles and even dustbins, spend a day creating rhythms and music, filling the room with a cacophony of sounds as one big band. No prior musical experience required.

WEDNESDAY 14 – FRIDAY 16 AUGUST: YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS (ages 12-17)

Three days to create characters, make monologues and write a whole new script from scratch! Your script will then be performed on the main stage by a group the following week.

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MONDAY 19 – FRIDAY 23 AUGUST: PLAY IN A WEEK (ages 7-11)

Working on an original script, written especially for this project, spend a full week on The Varieties stage to create and perform a full play in just five days!

Places for each activity are limited. For more information and to book call Box Office on 0113 243 0808 or visitwww.cityvarieties.co.uk.

Costs range from £25 to £100 depending on activity

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