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Young Everyman and Playhouse (YEP)

YEP is a youth theatre provision with a difference:

200 young people a week aged 14-25 in a range of weekly programmes.

Supports Young People To Engage -  Diverse membership specifically engaging underrepresented young people (36% socio-economically disadvantaged, 20% BAME and 10% SEND

Drop in weekly sessions for young people interested in performing with support from young people who want to engage but are not ready to commit to the weekly sessions.

Full time mentor to support young peoples entry and progression.

Bridge programme tailored to support each young person from first engagement to regular commitment.

Ensemble inclusive. Theatre practice where the young people work in groups and teams. 

Supports young people's progression into training and employment through professional experience, "on the job" learning and mentor support.

Leadership ethos where young people drive the planning, creation and delivery of YEP activity. 

YEP Programme

YEP strands cover both on stage and off stage opportunities. Each strand has weekly sessions that are led by industry professionals; these can be skills based or opportunities to work on live events and projects. The entry strands were no experience is necessary are as follows:

Young Actors - 5 groups of young people aged 14-22 years. Young people create and devise work for YEP's 20 annual performances, supported by E & P staff

Young Communicators - Focus on marketing, digital media and press. They create publicity for shows, marketing and social media communications etc. They work alongside professional staff so learn on the job marketing and communication skills.

Young Producers - Create and produce events during the year including one off events and a larger festival of work. They work with E & P artistic team and YEP 

Bass Techs - Involve NEET & BAME young people in ten months on the job training programme in lighting / sound / audio - visual. To date 100% of young people completing the programme have been supported into professional training / employment

Young Writers - Young people develop several pieces of writing over the period of the programme, culminating in writing a full length play each

Drop In Sessions - Open sessions for any young person aged 14-22 to try YEP and to develop their drama skills without having to make a weekly commitment. Under represented young people are identified and supported into YEP, often through drop in initially.

Progression routes for young people are a YEP priority. The leadership ethos, on the job training / experience and tailored support for each young person helps their progression. For those wanting to pursue a career in theatre, there probably isnt a better youth programme, however, the creative and social skills developed are beneficial for all training / employment.  


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