I went to the West Yorkshire Playhouse to see Sam Perkins, the Director of Arts Development, and to visit 'First Floor' which is the Playhouse's place for young people who are interested in drama, music and art. In its first year 'First Floor' worked with over 700 young people connecting with professional directors, designers, film-makers, artists, musicians and composers. It also houses the Breeze Arts Foundation ; a brilliant termly project where groups of NEET young people develop a piece of theatre and gain an arts award.
This is a fantastic resource with a visual arts studio, two performing arts studios and a green room and they are keen to work with primary and secondary schools in the following areas:
- Creative and Media Diploma;
- GCSE or BTEC drama, music and art courses;
- A-Level and post-16 studies in drama, music and art;
- Alternative curriculum programmes;
- gifted and talented groups;
They have arranged a 'First Floor' consultation event for teachers to experience what they have to offer. It runs from 4.30 - 6.00 on Tuesday 9 March and is followed by a free performance of 'Rum and Coca Cola'. For more information contact Jessica Farmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0113 2137800 ext 384. Catch it or you'll miss something extra-ordinary.