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Keeping It Real At Carmarthenshire Theatres     

Keeping It Real At Carmarthenshire Theatres Barely pausing for breath after their last production, the excellent Strangers (a collaboration with partner theatre companies in New Zealand and Slough), Brynamman’s Mess Up The Mess are embarking on a performance project where young people of Carmarthenshire and Powys will ‘direct’ the production, resulting in two special performances: Brecon’s Theatr Brycheiniog (23 July) and Ammanford Miners’ Theatre (24 July).

Work has already began on the project, which will run over four weeks in July, with bilingual drama workshops across the two counties reaching out across a diverse cross section from schools and youth groups and organisations, introducing 13 – 25-year-olds to the process of professional theatre making, creating an atmosphere for experimenting and an arena for free speech. ‘Keeping It Real’ and in tune with young people’s actual concerns, the group will pour ideas and issues – ranging from environmental and ecological matters to more personal and social worries - into a melting pot which will then be fed back to a panel of 15 local young people to ensure that youth voices are being listened to, before being shaped into an innovative and thought-provoking performance by artistic director Sera Moore Williams (Arad Goch) and professional actors.

This inspirational project is all the more exciting as, for the first time, young people will be working with professional theatre practitioners to create an original, youth-led production with matters that actually concern them – not what adults assume young people want to express – as the heart of the performance.

“This is a great opportunity for the young people of Carmarthenshire and Powys to share their opinions and use theatre to get their voices heard,” said Peri Thomas, Youth Arts Manager of Mess Up The Mess. “Working with young people is key to injecting new life into local theatre and developing new audiences. Not only will the young people learn new theatre-based skills but they will also gain confidence, improve their communication and team work skills at the same time.”

This innovative project is run in association with Carmarthenshire Theatres and Theatr Brycheiniog and supported by the Arts Council of Wales and Brecon Beacons Sustainable Development Fund. Tickets for the Ammanford Miners’ Theatre performance, priced £2.00 (free for those involved in the workshops), are available from the box office: 0845 2263510/09/08
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