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Outreach Round-Up 2016

Last year The Watermill Outreach Department worked with over 20,500 people in the community leading workshops, courses, community and school projects, and a thriving youth theatre.
 
Looking back, 2016 was a busy and memorable year for the Outreach Team; with so many wonderful people taking part in the life of the theatre. Here are some of our highlights:

 

  • The Excel Schools project – a new play written by 12 students from Trinity school and performed in July by over 100 local primary school children.

  • Our youth theatre main house productions: The Railway Children, performed by the Senior Youth Theatre, and Ubu Roi by the Young Company.

  • Youth Theatre expansion with five new Associate Youth Theatre groups taking place offsite, offering those on our waiting list even more opportunities to take part.

  • Frankenstein – our production specially created for a young audience - 21 performances in local schools and a week at The Watermill.

  • Gothic Unleashed a community performance at The Watermill involving over 100 people from our regular groups.

  • Our Relaxed Performance of Sleeping Beauty in November, which was another great success!

  • Integrated Signed Performance – Our first integrated signed performance of Sleeping Beauty (in which the signer is on stage, amongst the action) was performed to over 80 young people from Mary Hare School.

  • The Ugly Duckling – our interactive performance piece for young children, created by Lizzie Lewis, performed in libraries and primary schools.

  • 7 Young Carers from West Berkshire successfully completed their Bronze Arts Award and 3 completed their Silver Arts Award.

 

Through the work of our Community Associate, funded by Greenham Common Trust, the following groups have been established in the last year for adults and young people with additional needs:

 

  • Scene Change, a monthly group for adults who need a change of scene.
  • Interval and Interlude, weekly drama groups for young people who have added complications in their lives.
  • Fourth Wall, a drama course for adults with learning disabilities to ‘break the fourth wall’ and explore a Watermill production.
  • Ad Lib, a weekly drama group for young people who have autism spectrum conditions.

 

2017 is already looking to be an exciting year as we celebrate The Watermill’s 50th anniversary.
We’ve started rehearsals for our Senior Youth Theatre production of Ann Veronica, adapted by local writer Danielle Pearson. We’ll be working on pieces with our groups to celebrate The Watermill’s anniversary, welcoming over 120 people from six local schools to perform on The Watermill stage for our biennial Schools Federation project and in the Spring our regular workshop leader, actress Lizzie Lewis, will be creating a new production for small children, an adaptation of the classic tale The Gingerbread Man, which was The Watermill’s first ever professional show.

 

We hope it’ll be a really exciting year for everyone involved so do come and take part!