Cast in Doncaster gives youngsters a stage

Jill Cardo and Matthew Bugg during the rehersal for Miss Nightingale at CAST theatre. Picture: Andrew Roe
Jill Cardo and Matthew Bugg during the rehersal for Miss Nightingale at CAST theatre. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Young people from all over South Yorkshire are invited to take part in summer masterclasses and workshops from top regional performers and theatre makers at Cast in Doncaster.

The teachers for the performance theatre camps, running from July 18 to 30, include nationally-acclaimed writer and director Matthew Bugg, writer and musical director for Cast’s pantomimes.

He will be joined by actors Stacey Sampson (Channel 4’s This Is England) and Jow Rose (Dancehall) and choreographer Sarah Belk.

Taking inspiration from South Yorkshire stories and local issues, performance theatre camp students will create a new work to be performed on Cast’s 620-seat main stage.

The technical theatre camp, led by Cast’s technical director Matt Young, will use their newly-found skills to work behind the scenes during the live performance itself.

Sarah Clough, Cast artistic associate for creative learning and engagement, said: “Our summer theatre camps are an exciting opportunity to bring local people into the heart of Cast, to have a brilliantly fun time and artistically excellent experience.

“By opening our doors and spaces, the theatre camps provide a fantastic opportunity for Doncaster participants to develop their artistic skills and work with theatre professionals in our state of the art theatre.”

The theatre camps are available to young people from ages 12 and up, and evening masterclasses for those aged 18-plus. Find out more by calling 01302 303 959 or visit Cast in Doncaster

n The Barnsley Civic has announced its autumn-winter season. Theatre company Paines Plough’s Roundabout festival will showcase three new plays, music and a mix of cabaret and community events in its in-the-round theatre which seats the audience up close to the action.

Three new plays will be performed over four days from October 13 to 16: Love, Lies and Taxidermy, Growth and I Got Superpowers For My Birthday.

Music comes from Ensemble 360 and Two Pianos, there’s comedy from Felicity Ward and Cabaret Boom Boom, fun for the kids with Sponge’s new production and a mini Festival of Labour History in association with Barnsley Trades Council.

The Gallery at The Civic presents an exhibition to commorate the 20th anniversary of the film Brassed Off from September 10 to November 19.

The Christmas show is a heart-warming take on the fairy tale Snow White. Set in Yorkshire, this production by Pif Paf and Tell Tale Hearts weaves aerial feats, live music, comedy and compelling performances.

Snow White will be at The Civic on from December 14 to 24.For more information and to book, visit Barnsley Civic or call 01226 327000.