Budding actors from Seaham to learn from Talking Heads workshops

Budding actors and playwrights will be hoping to take inspiration from the work of one of the country’s greatest writers when they visit Gala Theatre next week for the opening of its latest production.

Teenagers from The Youth Hub at Dawdon Community Centre will join young people from Tow Law Youth Club to watch Talking Heads, an Alan Bennett play being produced by Gala following its critically acclaimed production of Educating Rita last year.

After watching the show, the groups will take part in workshops introducing them to basic acting techniques and exploring the themes of the monologues.

The session will be led by Shelley O’Brien, founder of Mad Alice Theatre Company in Consett.

She said: “Alan Bennett is one of my favourite playwrights so I am delighted to be delivering these workshops focused on this show at Gala.

“As well as exploring the themes from the play, they will also be given the opportunity to devise their own monologues.

“Drama workshops are so valuable for young people – they not only give them a greater understanding of the play but also increase their self-esteem.”

Joanne Bowen, leader of The Youth Hub, said: “The group are already looking forward to seeing Talking Heads next week and I know they will get a great deal out of the professional workshop after the event.

“Giving our young people new ways to express themselves is an important part of our work at the Youth Hub and the chance to create their own monologues will help build their confidence and communication skills – all of which will benefit them in the future.”

Jenny Mountain, leader of the group at Tow Law, said: “One of the main reasons children say they enjoy coming to the youth club is because they learn new skills – and these workshops are another great example of this.”

Talking Heads is at Gala from Tuesday, 6 to Saturday 10 March, with tickets priced at £15 or £12 for matinees.

For more information or to book visit www.galadurham.co.uk

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