Naomie Harris backs theatre company for disadvantaged young people
Actor Naomie Harris has thrown her support behind a London youth theatre for young people who are at risk of offending.
Harris, whose recent credits include the film Moonlight, joins actor Mark Rylance to become a patron of Intermission Youth Theatre.
The organisation recruits young people from inner-city communities who are at risk of offending or lack opportunity to join its 25-strong company.
Using Shakespeare and drama techniques, the company explores issues such as knife crime and gang warfare, with the year-long programme culminating in a new Shakespeare-inspired play which fuses classical text with modern language.
Harris said: “I think the work Intermission does is phenomenal and I am so impressed by the amount of talent and commitment from the members. It will be my honour to help represent Intermission and the youth theatre.” Artistic director Darren Raymond said: “We are thrilled that Naomie is supporting us in this, our 10th anniversary of IYT. She is a fantastic role model, offering inspiration to our young people.”
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