Fiona Martin Shortlisted for a National Theatre Skill Award From Creative and Cultural Skills Awards

Published: 26th February 2018

We are proud to announce that Fiona Martin Deputy Director at The Customs House has been shortlisted for a prestigious National award.

The Creative & Cultural Skills Awards shine a light on the individuals who have shown an outstanding commitment to skill development and learning in the creative industries. The shortlisted individuals ensure the next generation have the skills to help the creative sector thrive. Fiona has been shortlisted for the Theatre Skills Award. This is in recognition of her outstanding work with The Customs House Youth Theatres.

Fiona Martin Deputy Director

Fiona Martin Deputy Director

The Customs House Youth Theatres develop young people theatre and performance skills. Members can also work towards achieving an Arts Award. Dedicated to young people’s talent development, Fiona supports every member of the youth theatre groups tirelessly thelping them achieve their creative ambitions.

On hearing the news Fiona said,

“It was lovely just to be nominated! So when I was told I’d been shortlisted in the Theatre skills category I was stunned. This shines a light our Youth Theatre members hard work and dedication. They are exceptional.”

More About Our Award Winning Junior and Senior Youth Theatres

The Customs House runs three youth theatres. The Juniors, Seniors and Jarrow School Youth Theatres.

The Junior Youth Theatre is directed by Senior Youth Member alumni Jayden Blacklock. Jayden is a graduate of Sunderland University and also holds a Gold Arts Award. The Juniors are currently rehearsing ‘SteroTyped’ by writer Laura Turner. A new piece of writing commissioned by the group.

The Senior Youth Theatre are currently working on ‘Ceasefire Babies’. ‘Ceasefire Babies’ is written by Fiona Doyle and will be perfomed as part of National Theatre Connections. Ceasefire Babies are also known as the Good Friday Agreement generation. They are those too young to remember the worst of the terror after the Provisional IRA ceasefire. It’s a powerful piece, full of challenges, but Fiona felt this important part of recent British and Irish history could be performed with maturity and sensitivity by the young cast. You can get tickets to for this must-see production at The Customs House here.

The Senior Youth Theatre take part in National Theatre Connections every year. The Seniors also have a strong track record of achieving Silver and Gold Arts Awards.

Customs House Youth Theatre at Jarrow School

Finally, the newest of The Customs House Youth Theatres is at Jarrow School. This group is possible thanks to the generous support of the Hays Travel Foundation. Fiona wants to make theatre accessible to all. Fiona was keen to widen access by taking a professional youth theatre into one of our local partner schools. It is wonderful that the Hays Travel Foundation shared Fiona’s commitment to young people in South Tyneside.

We are sure you will join us in wishing Fiona Matin every success at the Creative & Cultural Skills Awards.

If you are on twitter show your support and tweet… Well done Fiona & @CustomsHouseYT
@CustomsHouseLP for being shortlisted for the @CCSkills #TheatreSkills Award #HowayFiona

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