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Trading Talent at Brook Theatre auditions

Date: 22/09/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

The Brook Theatre welcomed more than 40 young hopefuls through its doors on Sunday to audition for a highly unusual drama project. The Trading Tales Project is being delivered by Medway Council and Play on Words Community – a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Chatham-based award-winning theatre company of the same name. This exciting venture is aimed at young people aged 12 to18, and takes place over nine weeks. Weekly drama workshops at The Brook Theatre will be followed by two full days of drama workshops in historic buildings in Rochester during the autumn break; participation in the Christmas Dickens Festival and atmospheric drama performances at the Guildhall Museum, Eastgate House and Rochester Castle Garden in December. The young actors will devise their own plays and create characters, taking inspiration from true stories, the history and surroundings at these beautiful buildings, which form such an important part of our heritage. Play on Words Community have successfully applied for funding for this project from the National Lottery through Awards for All, with support from Medway Council’s Arts Development Team. The company has been awarded £9,495 in acknowledgment of the work Play on Words offers to young people in Medway, and the funding will ensure they have a rich, educational and fun experience during the Trading Tales project. Play on Words have also received more good news – they have just been nominated for a Medway Culture and Design Award. Tickets for the plays will be on sale nearer to Christmas, but for more information please call Robyn Goldsmith, Education and Outreach Officer at the Arts Development Team on 01634 338326. ENDS