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Bridgend Young Critics’ Scheme secures funding     

Bridgend Young Critics’ Scheme secures funding Bridgend County Borough Council’s Arts and Community Development has been successful in securing funding from Arts Council Wales to develop the Bridgend Young Critics’ Scheme which aims to develop and showcase the voices of young people, encouraging them to think critically about the theatrical or musical productions they produce.

Rachel Williams, a young critic from Bridgend said: “Being a young critic has opened up a lot of doors, particularly with meeting new contacts and fantastic theatre companies. Without it I wouldn’t have the opportunities I do in seeing so many cultural events, and having the chance to get my voice heard has been brilliant. It has already led to bigger challenges for my writing and critical skills.”

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John McGrath, Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales said: “I have been very impressed by the quality of the reviews and critiques produced by the young critics involved in the programme. It is great to have young people’s voices at the centre of the debate about theatre in Wales.”

Since October 2010, the scheme has worked very successfully in partnership with a range of venues and companies including National Theatre Wales, Sherman Cymru, National Dance Company Wales, Literature Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, WNO, Theatre na Nog, Earthfall, Arts Council Wales, Night Out and Theatre Wales website.

Peter Finch, Chief Executive of Literature Wales said: “The benefits for young people participating in the scheme are clear: it encourages young people to engage with the arts, learn to think and write critically, develop writing skills and explore the importance of literature and writing as a career path in to the creative industries.”

Throughout the year, young critics will be encouraged to write a number of theatrical and musical reviews. To get involved in this exciting scheme, please call Bridgend County Borough Council’s Arts Project Officer Guy O’Donnell on (01656) 642727, or email:
Guy O’Donnell  
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