Talent Accelerator – Eighteen Chances for Young People to Find Out More About Drama School

Published: 10th January 2020

Eighteen Chances for Young People to Find Out More About Drama School

The Customs House Arts Centre in South Tyneside will welcome Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance to the North East in February 2020. The acclaimed college will give a eighteen young people the chance to find out more about what it is like to apply and study at drama school. This opportunity is  part of their Talent Accelerator programme.

The People on Stage Need to Look Like Us

We were delighted Sally Pembroke Outreach & Diversity Manager at Rose Bruford College contacted The Customs House. Sally shared more about their Accelerator outreach programme. Accelerator days encourage diverse young people, who might not have considered training at drama school, to explore the possibility.

Rose Bruford College has a strong commitment to widening participation. This means working with young people from a wide range of backgrounds. The Customs House and Rose Bruford both want to make sure the people we see on stage are like the people in our communities and help overcome obstacles that might stop them from reaching their full potential.

Supporting Young People’s Aspirations

Whether you are a young person involved in our Youth Theatre or an emerging performance artist like Melody leading our LGBTQ+ Arts Group Ours/Us/We its crucial we help young people find out how they can follow their dreams.

Elizabeth Kane Learning and Participation Officer said:

I was thrilled Sally approached The Customs House. Arts Centres like The Customs House work year-round to nurture talent and encourage new audiences to see theatre. This will be a valuable opportunity for all the young people who secure places.

Not only are Rose Bruford College creating new opportunities for young people across our region they are supporting regional theatres by hosting their Talent Accelerator events across England. If there is clear demand for places who knows perhaps this could be the start of a longer-term partnership?

Who can Apply?

There are eighteen places available for young people aged 14 or over.

Young people applying must match one or more of these eligibility criteria:

  • Those eligible for free school meals
  • Living in a household income under £25,000
  • In receipt of 16-19 bursary
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic young people
  • Young carers
  • Care Experienced Children and Young People (e.g. Foster children, care leavers etc)
  • No previous family members have studied at University’.
  • Young people from families facing financial hardship

Free but booking essential.

If you meet the eligibility criteria please fill out the online booking form and Sally Pembroke will be in touch. If you have any questions email access@bruford.ac.uk