09:00 BST, SUNDAY 5 JULY 2020
Creative Youth aimed to produce and present a very special production of Oliver! during IYAF 2020. Directed by Jeremy James Taylor, this was to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the original stage production.
As part of International Youth Arts Festival in 2018, Jeremy worked with 60 young people to workshop and perform three songs from the musical at the Festival’s opening Gala Night. This work was incredibly well received and, as a result, a full production was to be presented.
Due to Covid 19, the full production has unfortunately now been postponed.
However, as part of DIGIFEST, we are now excited to bring to you a glimpse of the workings of the production and some of those young people involved.
The project offers those involved not only the platform to deliver memorable performances but also, by working with our professional creatives, the opportunity to learn new skills and gain confidence. In every role from performance, musicians, production and design, we will work to create challenging and exciting opportunities for young people to engage, learn and excel. The project involves mainly local school children and some adults, in a cross-generational performance, providing them with a fantastic opportunity to perform as part of a vibrant Festival.
Due to Covid-19 this year’s festival has been created as an online experience. We hope you enjoy the festival and are inspired by the talented artists who are adapting to these challenging times. If you would like to see more of the international collaborations that have been demonstrated during Digifest, please consider making a donation to the charity here.
Any contribution, however big or small, is hugely appreciated.