Here at MYT we are very excited to be involved with a two week summer school that has been funded by Powys County Council Community Regeneration Fund.
From Monday 29th July through to Friday 9th August all young Powys residents aged between 14 to 25 are invited to take part in a ‘Play in a Fortnight’ which will involve researching the life and times of Powys residents during World War I – in particular, those of a young man named Rowland Edmund Naylor, who was the youngest son of the family living in Leighton Hall, and who died in the fighting at Festubert. His memorial is in Leighton Church, and we will be starting off by visiting Leighton to see his memorial and looking at his home.
After that we have some fantastic workshops taking place in the first week, and you can decide which ones you would like to take part in – if you are more interested in just sitting back and watching them take place that is fine too.
On the Tuesday and Wednesday we have Jo Munton from Vagabondi Puppets showing you all about puppetry, and Rosie McConnell from Sing Your Heart Out teaching you and experimenting with songs and music from the time – really patriotic songs like ‘Keep the home fires burning’ and ‘Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag’.
That week we will also be having art workshops from Catherine Williams, designing artwork that can be used in the final play and experimenting with different media. We will also have a set construction expert who will be making the set for our play, and teaching those who are interested how to make and do all the relevant pieces, and also a technical workshop from Harry Evans for those who would like to be involved with doing lighting and sound and costume research and making as well.
This project is absolutely free of charge and will take place on weekdays from 10am to 4pm at Theatr Clera, Welshpool High School. Those who are interested in performing will be devising a play to show to the public on the evening of Friday 9th August. If you are interested in being involved with theatre but not performing then there are plenty of other opportunities for you – we need people to help the Stage Manager, volunteers to do Front of House (taking tickets on the door, arranging raffle and refreshments etc) and all the set and technical stuff as well. There really is something for everyone!
If you would like to take part, please let us know by texting Penny Jones on 0781 772 1106 with your name, address and age. Alternatively, you can leave a message on here or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look forward to hearing from you!