Last month the faculty were proud to sponsor Wolverhampton’s Central Youth Theatre (CYT) fundraising campaign to fund new premises for the theatre group.
CYT works inclusively with young people aged 8 -25yrs regardless of abilities or financial background with membership drawn from across the City of Wolverhampton and surrounding areas. During the last three decades over 2,000 young people have passed through the youth theatre.
They have operated out of two different bases for the past 10years. They have outgrown their first base, within the Newhampton Arts Centre, in terms of design workshop construction spaces and storage requirements. And their second base at a former Antique Market has been put up for demolition.
The new space will be within the oldCo-operative Departmental Store in Lichfield Street, where they will have their own separate rear entrance to the building leading into a ground floor /basement space of 5,000 square feet in which they will create scenery stores and construction areas, theatre wardrobe storage and costume training areas.
Jane Ward MBE, Director of the CYT told us: “The new space will enable young people to not only enhance their creative skills in performing and associated technical skills, but also grow in confidence, meet like-minded young people and most importantly come together to have fun.
“There is no greater gift than a safe, secure fun filled childhood; one which creates life-time of precious memories.”
To secure the new building the group need to raise £250,000. This is being raised through a variety of fundraising initiatives including the online crowd-funding scheme which raised £20,000 alone.
In June, former member Tom Parry (now a successful TV comedian) enlisted the support of comedians such as Greg Davies, Russell Howard, Daniel Kitson and many others to stage a large scale sell out Comedy Gala night at the Grand Theatre raising us an incredible £16,500.
They have also secured donations from Julie Walters, playwright David Wood, Beverley Knight, screenwriter Caz Moran and Suggs from Madness. Most importantly of all they have had over two hundred donations from former members, parents and the local community.
Ed O’Driscoll, campaign owner said: A massive thank you to the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wolverhampton for their simply amazing pledge of £2000! We're over the moon.”
CYT have lots of other money still left to raise to fund the actual costs of the refurbishment, for further details, visit: http://centralyouththeatre.co.uk/blog/