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Theatre grant supports young people from Islington estate into acting

28 September, 2018 — By Emily Finch

 The Pleasance Theatre in North Road


An award-winning theatre company will bring the stage to youngsters living in an estate off Caledonian Road, thanks to a grant from the Mayor of London.

The Pleasance Theatre Trust, based in North Road, was awarded a grant of £47,877.00 to support young people living in the Market Estate this week.

The trust, along with local youth charity Prospex and Islington Council, will deliver 14 months of mentoring to 30 people aged 14 to 21 years old to encourage debate and improve well-being. There will also be volunteer and employment opportunities with the trust for their shows in Edinburgh and London.

Residents will be treated to a performance by the youngsters at the end of the programme in late 2019.

Anthony Alderson, director of Pleasance Theatre Trust, said: “We are looking forward to fully embracing and realising the civic potential of our building in Islington, and this funding will enable us to embark on an ambitious arts-led community outreach programme, that at its core is about listening to, and co- creating with, the amazingly talented young people right on our doorstep. We are very grateful for the support of the Greater London Authority, via the Young Londoners Fund, and their commitment to the trans- formative power of the arts.”

Those interested should keep an eye on the Pleasance Theatre Trust website.

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