Appeal for help to launch new Thanet Youth Theatre project

Looping the Loop hopes to launch the youth theatre in April

A youth theatre project, backed by the NHS and Kent County Council, is set to launch in Thanet.

The project is set up by professional theatre company Looping the Loop and offers an inclusive approach to fostering confidence and communication skills in young people, particularly those who are neurodivergent.

The Thanet Youth Theatre project is designed to help young people aged 7-18 overcome the challenges of entering new groups, speaking out and joining in. By focusing on individual attention, the project creates a tailored programme of exercises, games and performances.

Looping the Loop is known for its colourful and entertaining performance work around Thanet.

The project will offer weekly sessions during term times for two age groups – 7-11 years and 11-18 years. It integrates with Looping the Loop’s professional artists and diverse programme of street theatre, workshops and new productions, by providing opportunities for members to engage in real-world artistic experiences.

Looping the Loop’s Artistic Director, Ellie Jones said: “Recognising the importance of a comfortable and accepting environment, our programme does not pressure participants into large-scale performances. Instead, it nurtures their confidence with themselves and others through bespoke activities that respect individual personalities and preferences.

“Our trainers are professional theatre practitioners with real-world experience. They specialise in helping young people discover the joys and personal development opportunities that theatre can offer.”

The Thanet Youth Theatre cost to take part will be just £1 per week. The aim is for it to be based in Cliftonville at a venue not yet revealed.

Support from Kent County Council and NHS Kent & Medway covers much of the cost of running the Youth Theatre.

However, Looping the Loop is appealing for help to raise the remaining £4,000 via a Spacehive funding page.

Suzy Humphries

Suzy Humphries, Executive Director, said: “ We are on the brink of bringing this much-needed service to the youth of Thanet, but we need the support of Thanet’s community to reach the target.

“Our appeal through Spacehive is all or nothing – if we fail to raise the total of £11,702, we will lose the funds from the NHS and KCC.”

Find the fundraiser at: https://www.spacehive.com/looping-the-loop-youth-theatre  

It is hoped to launch the youth theatre sessions in April.

Contact Looping the Loop at [email protected] or via social media on Facebook and Instagram.

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