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Young Everyman Playhouse celebrates a fantastic first year and looks to Spring 2013

8th February 2013

This week at the Playhouse we celebrated the anniversary of YEP – the Young Everyman Playhouse – our initiative to empower, nurture and enable young people to get more involved in theatre and what we do. YEP encompasses areas including writing, acting, marketing, production and programming, and was launched twelve months ago to great success.

On the 6th of February, the Playhouse played host to an ‘Open House’ for and by YEP, with current members welcoming new friends, looking forward to the new Spring 2013 season, and reflecting on an inaugural year that has seen YEP become an integral and indispensable part of the Everyman and Playhouse.


A sea of 11 to 25 year olds enjoyed impromptu teasers of Papertown, the next YEP production happening in March, learned about and discussed forthcoming Playhouse shows, and even got to try on an array of costumes from past performances. There was the option to sign up to become a Young Communicator, and the chance to name the dedicated space in the new Everyman.

The young people in attendance who were new to YEP were able to sign-up there and then. Free to join, YEP offers £5 tickets to see any show on any performance, a diverse range of opportunities and workshops, and guidance on careers and prospects in theatre. Alongside all of this is the chance to meet like-minded peers, make friends and get to meet professionals working in the arts.

The ‘Open House’, a chance to celebrate YEP’s first birthday, accumulated in a speech from Young Everyman Playhouse Director Matt Rutter, who reflected on the first year and how he envisaged its future, commencing with Papertown – a site specific piece taking place at Camp & Furnace 5 – 7 March. Everyman and Playhouse Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz, thanked YEP members for keeping the ancient art form of theatre youthful and alive, before going on to declare YEP as the theatres’ greatest achievement over the past twelve months.

YEP – set up with the intention of placing young people at the heart of the Everyman and Playhouse – has evolved into a living, everyday part of the organisation, with four fully-fledged productions, dozens of periodic workshops and master classes, and hundreds of members already. This incorporates a range of specialisms, from Young Actors and Young Writers, to Young Communicators and Young Programmers. This year will also see the return of the overwhelmingly popular Young Technicians, a piloted scheme which saw young people work on Young Actors’ shows as well as other events beyond the theatre.


Young people wanting further information about YEP should can click here, email or call 0151 706 9119

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