Inspiring the Future of Theatre was officially launched on 11 July 2018 with an event at Northstead Community Primary School in Scarborough and a social media campaign which trended all day in the UK.
150 Year 6 pupils from Northstead Community Primary School and two surrounding schools (Overdale and St Peters) came together for a morning of activities, panel sessions and discussions led by staff from the nearby Stephen Joseph Theatre, as well as representatives from Hull Truck Theatre, Beach Hut Theatre, Northern Ballet and Qdos Entertainment – all based in the region. More information can be found in our press release.
#InspiringFutureTheatre Day was also an opportunity for organisations and individuals in the theatre industry across the UK to highlight the amazing work they do to engage young people and schools in your community. Many of the country’s theatres, arts organisations and industry professionals shared their own inspirations, education work and career success stories. Check out some of the social media highlights from the day here.
The event on 11 July was the first of 15 flagship Inspiring the Future of Theatre events, focusing on areas of the UK prioritised for social mobility and cultural development. The theatres participating in future events with schools include Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Hastings White Rock Theatre, Staffordshire’s New Vic, Cast in Doncaster, Peterborough’s Key Theatre, Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre, Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre and Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre – with more to be announced in different regions of the UK.
Inspiring the Future of Theatre: Stephen Freeman, Chief Executive of Stephen Joseph Theatre, with pupils at Northstead Community Primary School, Scarborough. Photo: Pete Byrne Photography