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Rob and Darren open the stage door to teens with acting dreams


Non-profit making Round Theatre in Rugby looking to recruit 13-16 year olds.

Instead of simply reading reviews of live theatre productions, young people living in and around Rugby are being offered the chance to learn how to act.

Robert Sloan and fellow actor-director Darren Pratt (pictured above), have founded In The Round Theatre and are all set to start a series of weekly workshops aimed at 13 to 16-year-olds who may have no acting experience...or might have done rather well in school plays.

Robert said: "We will introduce youngsters to a range of acting techniques, such as character development, comic timing and improvising with others in a fun environment.

"We know what it takes to be an authentic actor and with 50 years of theatrical and acting experience between us, we want to use our knowledge to teach others."

Those joining the non-profit making theatre group will be encouraged to work together as a company to create some of their own original content as well as exploring scripts from famous plays, television shows and films.

Darren added: “If you want to learn how to act, without having to sing and dance, then you have found the perfect place. We believe the arts make a town richer, and we want the young people of Rugby to get in on the act.”

Applicants don't have to live in Rugby but those interested will be offered the chance to take part in a fun and friendly audition session and go on to see if they wish to join two-hour workshops continuing every Wednesday in the town's John Lees Hall.

To find out more and register your interest, visit www.intheroundtheatre.com or for more information email Hilary O’Connor at hilary@intheroundtheatre.com or ring: 07984 604377.