Date of release: Friday, November 25, 2016

Partnership with theatre company boosts opportunities for young artistsYoung people who want to work in theatre have better chances for education and work experience thanks to a new partnership between the University of Greenwich and a theatre company.

The university's drama unit is teaming up with GLYPT (Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre) to share workshops, venues and expertise.

Both occupy iconic buildings in Woolwich town centre. GLYPT's home, the Tramshed, saw comedy stars such as Hale & Pace and Harry Enfield come to fame. The drama department's Bathway Theatre was home to the Students' Union for many years, after its conversion from public baths.

The partnership launches this month with a series of theatre masterclasses provided by GLYPT and hosted at Bathway. Classes are open to both students and members of Progression, a scheme designed to help creative young people find routes into the arts industry, and emerging artists to create new work.

Jillian Wallis, the university's Programme Leader for Drama, and a member of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, says: "The theatre company will also give classes to our BA Drama students on community engagement – theatre aimed at particular groups, such as those with mental health issues or special educational needs.

"Students will be able to access work placements, learn how a theatre company runs and thrives even in the current economic climate, and how to work as theatre practitioners in different social contexts."

Jeremy James, Artistic Director of GLYPT, says: "With our remit from the Arts Council to develop opportunities for those aged between 16 and 25 years, and our aim to offer young people access and experience in the creative industries, this is an exciting development and valuable opportunity for young people in SE London."

Today the Bathway Theatre is a busy hub, not just for student performances but for collaborations with external practitioners such as comedian Lauren Silver and international physical theatre company Hoax. The Bathway Theatre Network has been formed to provide an online platform, as well as a physical space, to encourage performance and learning.

To find out more about studying drama and other programmes in the Department of Literature, Language & Theatre, University of Greenwich, go to: http://www.gre.ac.uk/ach/study/llt/programmes

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Picture: Back row, from right: Jillian Wallis; Professor Judith Burnett (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities; Jeremy James; Dr ZoĆ« Pettit (Head of Department, Department of Literature, Language &Theatre); Chris Williams (GLYPT Progression Producer); and students.