The Royalty will be the principal – and indeed, almost the only – supplier of learning and outreach through drama and dance in Harborne. The Royalty will provide a base for learning activities as well as offering our own educational dance and drama programmes. We hope that the building can become home to various Youth & Junior Theatre and Youth Dance Companies, Choirs and similar groups.
What do we anticipate taking place?
Youth Theatre and Dance classes providing several weekly dance classes catering for young people aged nine to sixteen-and-over, and weekly drama classes catering for young people aged four to sixteen-and-over.
Engaging young people in dance and drama classes has a proven track record of improving self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as reducing anti-social behaviour. These positive benefits are further enhanced by participation in public presentations of work undertaken at dance and drama classes.
We will encourage amateur productions to showcase the talent of the young people who participate in our learning and outreach schemes. The Royalty can perform a role in providing a theatre and rehearsal space for community and amateur productions. These productions, with volunteer actors, are of real importance, enhancing social cohesion and giving a positive and creative focus for local people. We are will commit to building and maintaining strong relationships with our community and amateur users, including encouraging first-time producers to form new drama companies and put on their own productions.
A Youth Card, which gives young people aged eighteen and under discounted tickets to attend almost all events, will be a way of attracting the involvement and support of younger members. encouraging young people to become regular arts attendees and helping young people spend their free time productively.