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Teenagers to shape creative manifesto at London’s Yard Theatre

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London’s Yard Theatre has launched two new pilot projects to engage young people from its local area.

The Hackney-based venue is looking for 10 people aged 15 to 19 to develop a creative manifesto for the theatre.

As part of a project called The Committee, the participants will be introduced to different types of theatre, ideas and practices over the course of six weeks, meeting the Yard team and learning how the space is run.

They will then be asked to reflect on what they feel is important in theatre, which will shape a creative manifesto that will be presented in front of the audience as a vision of what the future of the Yard and theatre generally should be.

Led by artists Nick Cassenbaum and Olly Hawes, the You, Me, the World and Hackney project will use storytelling and workshops to explore what the local area means to a group of 10 young people.

This will culminate in a performance on July 30 in front of a live audience.

Jay Miller, artistic director at the Yard, said: “At a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult for young people to have a voice in our culture, we want to provide a platform for them to tell us what they think theatre should be, and this is what The Committee is for.

“You, Me, Hackney and the World challenges the increasing ’empathy deficit’ in our society, with a genuinely fresh approach to bringing people together through sharing stories.”

The projects will mainly take place in Hub67, a community space taken over by the theatre in May 2016.

Applicants can apply for The Committee here and read more about You, Me, Hackney and the World here.

The deadline for applications is July 21.

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