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Towngate Theatre holds Online Summer School

29th June 2020
Posted by Aston Avery

Due to the ongoing restrictions and social distancing measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19, the Towngate are delighted to announce that this year, they will be holding an Online Summer School which will be an incredible opportunity for any young person interested in the arts.

Basildon: The Lockdown Diaries, will be the Towngate’s first ever online project, running over Monday 10 – Wednesday 19 August 2020, culminating in a show which will be screened on the Towngate’s YouTube channel on Friday 21 August 2020 at 7pm. The Summer School is open to singers, actors, dancers and musicians aged between 10–18 years.

Students will work with Theatre professionals (credits include Blood Brothers, Shrek! and West Side Story) to devise and create original songs, scripts and dances based around their life during lockdown. This will be an incredible experience to commemorate this unforgettable year, and an impressive project to include on job, college and university applications.

The Workshop will consist of 5 days of online workshops, concluding the following week with an individual recording shoot – live on the Towngate’s stage – to create the lockdown piece.

Theatre Manager, Simon Scott-Pearce said:

“As everyone is aware, it has been an incredibly challenging time for the Towngate and the Theatre industry. However, we are thrilled that we are able to offer this incredible opportunity for the young adults of Essex who are interested and passionate about the arts.

“This project will memorialise this once-in-a-lifetime experience from their perspective, and our students will learn invaluable skills direct from Industry professional who have worked with many top-name producers on West End productions over the years.

“I’m so proud of the Towngate team, who have continued to work hard in providing fun, creative and beneficial online content over the last few months, and this project will be an excellent achievement for everyone involved.”

The cost for a place on the Online Summer School is just £50 per person. This is a unique project to get involved in, so if you are aged between 10-18 and love to perform, visit to book your place and download an application form.

For any queries, please email [email protected]

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