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Boundless Theatre announces playwriting translation project for young people

Boundless Theatre in rehearsals for Natives by Glenn Waldron. Photo: Helen Murray Boundless Theatre in rehearsals for Natives by Glenn Waldron. Photo: Helen Murray
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Boundless Theatre has unveiled details of a new playwriting project to develop and translate work by young people, in collaboration with companies in France and Belgium.

The theatre company, which makes work for young audiences and rebranded itself last year, has also announced a raft of new appointments including three associate artists and seven trustees.

Boundless has announced the details of a collaboration with Theatre National de Toulouse in France and Theatre National de Wallonie-Bruxelles in Belgium on a project to translate students’ work from English into French and vice versa.

The company has partnered with these theatres before, but this new project is funded by the European Union Erasmus+ programme. Students from schools in London, Toulouse and Brussels will work with playwrights Jessica Sian and Luke Barnes to develop pieces of theatre that will then be translated.

Schools in Lewisham and Ealing will take part in the London section of the programme over the next two years, during which time the programme will engage with the English, French and drama departments in each school.

Boundless has also announced three new associate artists: designer Rosie Elnile, who won The Stage Debut Awards design prize this year, composer and musical director James Frewer and director Elayce Ismail.

It is the 10th year of an associate artist scheme at the company. The chosen theatremakers will receive a £2,000 bursary to develop new theatre, as well as supporting them to make international research trips. They will also work with teenagers and young adults across their 18-month tenure and will contribute to developing the company for new audiences.

Artistic director Rob Drummer said making space for artists to create new work for young audiences “is now more vital than ever”.

“At Boundless Theatre we want to spend more time with the best theatre artists, who will provoke us, meet our audiences, take inspiration fro outside the UK and be powerful members of the team throughout their time with us,” he added.

ITV talent executive Michelle Matherson and Live Nation’s Charlotte March are among the company’s new trustees, alongside David Beardmore, Claire Dikecoglu, Simon Gomes, Spencer Simmons and Rachel Merriman.