Coronavirus Time Capsule
During the Coronavirus lockdown, Freedom Studios Youth Theatre is still up and running. Any 11 – 19 year old in Bradford is welcome to get involved in our Saturday morning workshops. Same as usual, the workshops are creative and welcoming, but instead of being at Kala Sangam at 10:30 am they are online, and you can join from your home.
In Youth Theatre we are finding new ways to stay connected and support each other in these challenging times, by taking part in the Coronavirus Time Capsule Project, in association with Company Three. This is an international project involving over 120 different groups of young people, across 14 countries. The Time Capsule is a week-by-week record of the pandemic through the eyes of teenagers. The young people at Freedom Studios Youth Theatre are putting all of their creative skills to use, making and recording videos from their own homes and adding to the capsule video each week, shared on YouTube and across social media.
This project is supported by the Dame Alice Owen Foundation, the Cripplegate Foundation, Islington Council, the Tuixen Foundation, Henry Smith Charity, the Sumners Foundation and the Mercers’ Charitable Foundation.
Whilst staying at home, it’s important to stay creative and connected and to help you along we are creating FSYTube; a series of playful, bitesize Youtube tutorials created by our brilliant Youth Theatre practitioners. They will talk you through a variety of artistic tasks that can be done at home, from spoken-word poetry, to filmmaking. The best bit is that anyone can get involved, so come on Bradford, express yourself!
FSYT Frontroom Theatre Club
During the lockdown, theatres are releasing some incredible productions online. This seems like a perfect opportunity for us all to enjoy some theatre together, from our own front rooms. Tuesday’s at 6:30 pm, we will meet in a Zoom web call and watch a theatre production together. Bring your own snacks for the interval and afterwards, we can have a chat about what you enjoyed.
Youth Theatre members, family, or anyone you are locked in with are welcome to join us. Everyone on the call must have given informed consent and agree to the Freedom Studios Online Video Chat Code of Conduct. People who are not members of Youth Theatre can also join, but they must email firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form.
Tuesday 21st April, is the first Frontroom Theatre Club, where we will be watching the National Theatre’s production of Treasure Island. Tuesday 28th April, we will be watching Freedom Studios production of North Country.
Access and Inclusivity
We are committed to making youth theatre accessible to every young person in Bradford, no matter their ability, background or circumstance. You do not need any prior experience to join the youth theatre. We actively encourage young people from minority backgrounds to join.
Youth Theatre is free. We are aware that in these difficult times, we are largely relying on digital technologies to stay connected and this isn’t accessible to everyone.
If you are aware of a barrier between a young person and youth theatre, please contact Natalie@freedomstudios.co.uk. We would be delighted to have a conversation and learn how we could be more accessible.