Live Theatre will be bringing its already successful ‘Live Tales’ storytelling workshops to Sunderland school children in April thanks to a £300,000 grant from the Virgin Money Foundation.
Boasting the largest free drama education and participation programme in the region, Live Tales workshops attracted over 1,500 pupils from 50 classes in its first year in Newcastle. Their work with young people earned them an Outstanding Contribution Award at the North East Youth Work Awards as well as being awarded Investors in Children status for their child-led approach.
The company aim to build on their success by taking up residence in Sunderland’s new flagship art and music hub at the Old Fire Station within the regenerated Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Quarter. Young people from across Wearside will gain access to free drama and writing activities through the Live Tales workshops designed to inspire young people to embrace creativity and build confidence through story-writing.
The £300,000 grant over two years from The Virgin Money Foundation’s Ripple Fund will enable Live Theatre to equip the studio space and to research and launch the project ahead of the first workshops from April 2018. The workshops are supported by volunteers who help the children develop their stories. With over 100 volunteers already helping with the workshops on Tyneside, Live Theatre hopes to engage further volunteers on Wearside.
Nancy Doyle-Hall, Executive Director of The Virgin Money Foundation, said: “The Virgin Money Foundation was set up to support the regeneration of communities and we are excited about the opportunity to be a partner in the MAC Quarter.”
Jim Beirne, Chief Executive, Live Theatre said: “We are delighted to be able to offer creative writing workshops for school classes and community groups at our new base at The Fire Station.”
To find out more visit: live.org.uk/creative-opportunities/children-young-people/live-tales-story-writing-workshops