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Children take centre stage at the University of York

Posted on 13 December 2012

York children will take centre stage at the University of York's high-tech theatre when it opens its doors to young people from the local community for the first time.

Around 165 children, aged from seven to 17, are performing as part of York Stagecoach’s end of year productions on Saturday, 15 December, with a further 80 children aged between four and seven taking part in fun sessions.

We are very excited about welcoming young people from the local community to our fantastic facilities for the first time

Carole Dove, Commercial Director of Heslington Studios

Part of the new £30 million Department of Theatre, Film and Television building, which was officially opened in July 2011, the theatre has the same design as the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and boasts the latest technology including a sophisticated lighting desk and superb audio facilities.

Stagecoach also has access to dressing rooms, a production office, rehearsal space and foyer to welcome the audience.

Sally Thrussell, Principal of York Stagecoach, said: “We are all very excited about this fantastic opportunity for our students, who come from schools across York and the surrounding villages, to perform in this world class venue. Over the day there will be three performances involving different groups of young people with additional fun sessions for our younger children."

Carole Dove, Commercial Director of Heslington Studios, the commercial arm of the University’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, said: “We are very excited about welcoming young people from the local community to our fantastic facilities for the first time. We hope the experience will inspire them to a career in theatre and to consider higher education in the future.”

Notes to editors:

  • For more information on Heslington Studios visit www.heslingtonstudios.com
  • The Department of Theatre, Film and Television is one of four major academic buildings in the first phase of the University’s £750 million campus extension at Heslington East, one of the biggest capital developments in UK higher education in recent years. Its development was supported by investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in Yorkshire and the Humber, part of a major infrastructure project led by Science City York to extend the assets and strategic potential of York as a leading centre for science and innovation. More information at www.york.ac.uk/tftv

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