An exciting new youth theatre company is to launch at OPEN in Norwich for young people aged 8-19.

Echo Youth Theatre aims to provide challenging and varied theatre experiences for young people in Norfolk, but without the burden of high fees and regular classes. 

Set up by Dan Rayner, Jo Myers and Dave Myers, Echo Youth Theatre is a new theatre company for young people in Norfolk aged 8-19. The founding team, who have wide-ranging experience in theatre, noticed a gap in the market for a high quality theatre company that could inspire young people to take to the stage, but without the burden of regular classes and termly fees.

Jo Myers commented on why the company was set up, “We understand that young people who are passionate about theatre or performing want to broaden their experiences outside of school or regular classes, but equally want to maintain what they already do. Membership of EYT will provide flexible, complementary activities and challenging opportunities to develop new skills.” Co-founder Dan Rayner said, “We believe that providing a variety of opportunities, working with a range of different directors, practitioners and artists will enable our members to develop both as young people and as all-round performers. EYT will be working with some of Norfolk’s most talented creative teams to provide high quality productions – initially two major productions in 2018 – plus a series of workshops throughout the year.”

Echo’s home for 2018 will be OPEN in Norwich. The company is working in partnership with the Trust and John Gordon-Saker, CEO at OPEN said: “This is a very exciting partnership for OPEN and will help us fulfil our mission to make a positive difference to the lives of young people. Not only will it bring in a new wave of 8-19 year olds to experience everything our venue has to offer, it will give our existing young people the opportunity to learn more about theatre craft, and also introduce them to the world of auditioning, rehearsing and performing at a different level. This is a creative partnership that is a win-win for both parties.”

Members of EYT will have the chance to experience all aspects of theatre production and the company are keen to support young people, both on stage and back stage, to achieve their theatrical ambitions. Workshop Co-ordinator, Cathy Wilson said, “Becoming a member of Echo Youth Theatre will bring access to a wide range of workshops and social events, including regular theatre trips with discounted ticket prices. For just £15 per year you will receive advance notice of audition opportunities, exclusive access to the workshop programme, with priority booking, and invitations to our social events and theatre trips.”

If you are interested in finding out more about Echo Youth Theatre, you are invited to their Launch Event Party at OPEN, Norwich on Sunday 17th December, 4.30pm. They will be announcing their programme of events for 2018 and there will be an opportunity to sign up for membership, auditions and to meet the company staff and creative teams. There will also be performances by some of their new members and a preview performance of some musical numbers from their first major production of 2018.


ECHO Youth Theatre Launch Party

OPEN, Bank Plain, Norwich

Sunday 17th December 2017, 4.30pm, Free to attend and all are welcome

Find out more and register to attend the launch: www.echoyouththeatre.co.uk

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