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Yard Youth | You Were Us / We Are Here

13 July

“When they look at me they see a wallflower… an immigrant … an epic gamer.”

You Were Us / We are Here is an exploration. An exploration into the labels that adults place on teenagers. An exploration into what it means when a young person takes up space in the public – or tries to. An exploration into what adults don’t know and don’t see and an exploration about what a public space even means.

Working with performer and director Anne Langford (The Old Vic, Almeida, Donmar Warehouse, Pegasus Theatre, Clean Break), Yard Youth have made a riotous new performance. They want you to be there…

…and they want to be heard.

Yard Youth is a laboratory for theatre, for 12-16 year olds who are interested in performance and getting creative. They work with The Yard to experiment, to investigate, to learn and to create alongside professional artists.

Tickets are £5, although free tickets are available for anyone who needs them. We call these Open Concessions.

About Anne Langford

Anne Langford makes theatre and performance. As a performer, devisor, director producer and facilitator. She studied drama at Aberystwyth University (1995-98) and was exposed to a range of international practitioners through the Centre for Performance Research. At East 15, she studied an MA Acting (2006-07). She has worked extensively as a community artist, facilitator and project manager since 1999.

She works in many different models of participation and engagement, with people aged 5 – 85, in formal and informal education settings and within communities. She works as an Artist in Residence, Facilitator and Director internationally and across the UK with organisations including The Old Vic, Almeida, Donmar Warehouse, Pegasus Theatre and with smaller organisations like The Working Party and All Change, on estate-based community projects.

As a founder member of Likely Story, she created family theatre that toured to disadvantaged communities throughout Wales who would not otherwise have access to quality theatre. She also made interactive work for festivals and street theatre, including street theatre to engage people around the issue of mental health for Time to Change.

Anne is a creative producer, project manager and Head of Education with Fuel, Almeida, The Old Vic and local government she has also devised, developed and delivered creative engagement projects with young people and communities. As an Arts Development Officer, she also established a rural and community touring scheme in Worcestershire.

About Anyebe

Anyebe trained at Rose Bruford and since graduating has worked as an actor in TV and Theatre. Stage Work includes Jekyll and Hyde UK Tour – Rose Theatre Kingston/Touring Consortium, Four Minutes Twelve Seconds – Trafalgar Studios/Hampstead Theatre, Serious Heroes -Old Vic New Voices, Namibia Nao UK- Stonecrabs/Soho Theatre, Little Baby Jesus Stonecrabs/Albany Theatre.

As a teacher and Faciliator Anyebe has worked at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Kiln Theatre (formerly The Tricycle), and currently Jigsaw Performing Arts school on Saturdays. He has experience with all age groups and enjoys teaching and working with young people of all ages.

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