This has been an exciting 2017 for Young and Talented. We continue to work in our community nurturing young people to achieve their full potential. We started the year brilliantly by winning the runners up spot in the Jack Petchey Glee Club competition at Indigo O2. Our company continues to grow and this year saw the launch of our 3rd branch. Based in South East London at the Albany Theatre, we have had a fantastic first term and continue to build our new school.
April saw our Take The Stage Youth Theatre Festival with four performances of plays written specifically for young people. The festival was a huge success, taking place at Broadway Theatre in Barking supported by Arts Council England. This was also our first year taking part in National Theatre Connections. We performed to a sold out crowd at the Soho Theatre in April with award winning playwright Alistair McDowall’s Zero For The Young Dudes. We have been accepted to 2018’s festival and are currently rehearsing Chris Thompson’s Dungeness.
Our beautiful and original new musical Zion’s debut at Theatre Royal Stratford East was
to a large audience. The young stars were fantastic and the design and costumes were stunning.
In July our Y&T our team members Catherine Laura Palmer and Tyler J Mitchel wrote, directed and devised OUR LDN with our Y&T Rep Company to a sold out audience at Rich Mix for the Takeover Festival.
In September we became Associate Artists of Pilot Theatre and started our collaboration on Brighton Rock and developing our digital interns with the company. We are looking forward to seeing this grow in 2018.
Our students past and present featured on the BBC proms, Show Me What You’re Made Of, Pitch Battle, Eastenders and Casualty. Further TV credits included The Dog Ate My Homework, Mum’s The Word,The Human Body, and BAFTA award winning The Secret Life of Boys. We saw them in adverts for national campaigns for Moonpig and The Big First Aid Lesson, which was live streamed across the UK. Students also performed in the feature film The Ballad of Shirley Collins. We are proud of every single one of them.
This year we saw many success for our team. Our Artistic Director Suzann McLean won the British Arrow award for Best Performance for her beautiful BUPA advert. Her production of Extremism was transferred to The National Theatre to celebrate NT Connections 17. Suzann’s co-direction of York Theatre Royal’s Robin Hood : The Arrow of Destiny received 4 star reviews.
Our acting tutor Roy Alexander Weise was listed at one of the top five young directors of 2018 by The Evening Standard. This Spring will see his debut at The National with Nine Night. He ended the year with a fantastic run of Jekyll and Hyde for the National Youth Theatre receiving 4 stars.
Our Company Coordinator Catherine Laura Palmer, of BYT Young and Talented achieved a distinction in her Masters from Queen Mary University with her dissertation featuring Young and Talented.
We ended our year performing at Barking and Tower Hamlet’s Christmas lights celebrations. Our Y&T Choir brought out the festive cheer in everyone.
On behalf of the whole Y&T family we extend our warmest wishes to all of our supporters for the holiday season and a happy New Year.
See you all in 2018! It is set to be even bigger and better.