Mansfield workshops let teens shine during summer

NMAC112040-1'Young actors who took part in the Sunbrella Festival as part of the Notts County Council's Youth Theatre and Comedy Week perform their final show for family and friends at the Old Library theatre last Friday.
NMAC112040-1'Young actors who took part in the Sunbrella Festival as part of the Notts County Council's Youth Theatre and Comedy Week perform their final show for family and friends at the Old Library theatre last Friday.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE County Council’s Sunbrella festival is back this year to entertain Mansfield’s youth during the summer holidays.

The free workshops kicked off on 25th July at The Old Library in the town, letting participants perfect and show off their performing talents.

The activities included acting and performing skills as well as letting the teens develop comedy drama sketches, finishing at the end of the week with a performance of what they had produced.

Last week saw local singer/ song-writer Phil Ashmore holding five days of writing and recording sessions, giving future stars the chance to write a hit song and record it in the Old Library recording studios.

Phil said: “They were all very good singers and the songs they had written were fantastic, they had pretty much done it all themselves.

“It was all about building their confidence to perform their own songs in the show we held at the end of the week.”

From Monday to 19th August an interactive game design summer school aimed at 11 to 16-year-olds will help grasp the interest of video game fans.

The week will be spent discovering what makes a good video game, experiencing the different stages of designing a video game and gaining the inside knowledge on design trade secrets used by industry professionals.

Keen gamers will also get the opportunity to be hands-on with the final products, with lots of in-game examples.

The final week to round off the summer holidays is ‘Music Making’ from 22nd to 26th August, which will include vocal and song-writing workshops as well as music production and performance coaching.

During this exciting project young people will also work in the recording studios and practice in the theatre.

The council’s youth arts manager, Andy Dawson, said: “As well as keeping youngsters occupied during the long summer holidays, Sunbrella workshops are all free, and even better, not weather dependant.

‘The same week as game design, we’re also running a series of workshops called ‘Sunscreen’. Aimed at 13 to 19 year-olds, youngsters will learn film-making, animation, creative set design, photography and spray art techniques.”

Some of the workshops will give participants the chance to perform or show off their work and achievements at September’s Headstock festival at Newstead.

Booking for the workshops is essential. To sign up email countyyoutharts@nottscc.gov.uk or call 01623 644377.