Barking youth theatre saved thanks to £10,000 donation

PUBLISHED: 14:58 28 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:58 28 January 2016

Young and Talented

Young and Talented


It looked like the end of the road for a group of budding thespians.

But now members of Young and Talented can continue practicing the performing arts thanks to a financial boost.

The award-winning youth theatre group, which boasts a number of small-screen stars among its members, has been kept alive by The Trusthouse Charitable Trust and the Jack Petchey Foundation, who both handed over a grant of £5,000 each.

The Broadway-based group lost its council funding when the management of the theatre was passed over to Barking and Dagenham College last year.

Suzann McLean, director, said: “Thanks to those donations, Y&T aims to work with the Broadway’s new management to turn it into a space in which young people feel welcome and as a place they can come to off the streets and share their talents.”

The funding will allow for a monthly open mic night for young people to come and showcase their talents.

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