our young people's work
Beyond Face Young Theatre Makers is an opportunity for young people in schools to work with our artists. We use theatre as a way in to support young people grow in their communication skills, confidence in using their voice and to make new friends. Young Theatre makers takes place after school to ensure that the young people have immediate access to us as a company and don’t have to worry about travelling anywhere.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Quotes from students after a Young Theatre Makers session
We get to be social around different types of people that are from different ethnic backgrounds. I really love the games we play together to get to know each other
We get to talk about stuff we don’t normally talk about. It gives us a sense of freedom. It makes us feel very at home”
I really love how we can just be ourselves. We don’t have to pretend to be someone else as everyone is really respectful. I also love how we can express ourselves how we want, and also it’s really really fun
Beyond Face Young Theatre Makers is an opportunity for young people in schools to work with our artists. We use theatre as a way in to support young people grow in their communication skills, confidence in using their voice and to make new friends. Young Theatre makers take place after school to ensure that the young people have immediate access to us as a company and don’t have to worry about travelling anywhere. We are currently working in Coombe Dean school. See what they have to say about our work together:
'We have a long-established relationship with Beyond Face where a number of our young people have even experienced the excitement of live performances. The level of professional input and the high expectations that are expected from participants means that students are challenged - and their horizons broadened. We are thrilled that Beyond Face have chosen our school as the venue for their Young Theatre Makers group and anticipate great shows as a result. The other, sometimes unnoticed benefit is the increased confidence and engagement that young people achieve through this opportunity. I urge you to encourage your child to give it a go and get involved!'
- Melissa Dennis, Deputy Head Teacher Coombe Dean School
Supported by: Widening Participation Plymouth University
WITH FLYING COLOURS
In the past, Beyond Face Youth company has been an opportunity for young people to come together from across the city to create their own performance. In 2017 We worked in partnership with Plymouth Music Zone to create a musical Where’s Abi? Written by Titilola Dawudu. This was a co-created project that culminated in a performance at the Barbican Theatre Plymouth.
Last year the Beyond Face Youth Company partnered with Company Three and dozens of other youth companies across the country for the research and development of ‘When This is Over’ . Collectively, we created this play from the viewpoint of the generation who will feel the impacts of climate change and the pandemic the most, telling stories of today’s zeitgeist and tomorrow's hopes. ‘When This is Over’ went on to win the Community Project of the year at The Stage Awards.
Beyond Face Youth Company is currently being fundraised for and we are aiming to relaunch again in August 2022. If you are interested in joining or know a young person who might benefit from joining the company please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
With Flying Colours (WFC) is a performance and play-making programme for children and young people in Plymouth. Funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) this is one of five national Youth Performance Partnership (YPP) programmes. Beyond Face is a delivery partner alongside several other cultural organisations in Plymouth.
Here at Beyond Face we are one of the many Theatre companies passionate about engaging with young people to help them discover their individual and collective voice. In 2021 (year two of WFC) we worked with Year 10’s from Stoke Damerel Community College to help them explore what type of theatre they wanted to make. During their time with us, the young people were able to learn about the different roles that exist within theatre by engaging with professional artists. Throughout these sessions they experimented with writing, performing and movement, providing them with the opportunity to work collaboratively with Beyond Face’s Artist Development Producer Corinne Walker, who collated their ideas and created a script that the group would later perform. The group learnt how to present their own personal stories via theatre. This piece centred around discovering their unique identities was directed by Artistic Director Alix Harris. Sessions were led by Vicki Horan who helped to choreograph their movement, assisted by Shaday Barrowes-Bayewunmi who aided them in the development of their writing and performance skills. The performance was then filmed by Dan Martin and showcased to the team at WFC.
This year we are working collaboratively with year 9’s, currently they are learning how to use their voice by experimenting with different art forms within theatre. The Young people's sessions are focused on building their confidence and expanding their creative thoughts and ideas so that they can be solidified when it comes to creating their own work. They have experimented with movement, poetry, music, props, playwriting and performance. We are really extremely excited to see how many Year 9’s will decide to take GCSE drama after working on the project with us.