Young people set to showcase their artistic talent

THEATRE TAKEOVER ... breakdancers will be among those given the chance to showcase their talents at the Customs House, South Shields.
THEATRE TAKEOVER ... breakdancers will be among those given the chance to showcase their talents at the Customs House, South Shields.

SOUTH Tyneside’s premier arts venue is to be taken over by youngsters in a project aimed at showcasing their talents.

The Customs House, at Mill Dam, South Shields, is handing over the reins of the building to the next generation of rising performers and artists.

We worked with young people throughout the year, so the Takeover is a chance for these participants to celebrate the great work that they do – but it’s also an opportunity for new people to come along to see what we have on offer for them.

Ray Spencer, The Customs House

The Takeover project will see events and workshops happening in the cinema, theatre and other spaces including the new gallery, kicking off with an outdoor breakdance jam at Harton Quays amphitheatre for dancers aged under 18 on Monday, May 25.

The event will be compered by an MC and will be watched by judges from 5pm.

Customs House executive director Ray Spencer said: “The Takeover is a new idea for the Customs House.

“We’re filling every space in the venue with an event of activity for young people during May half-term.

“We worked with young people throughout the year, so the Takeover is a chance for these participants to celebrate the great work that they do – but it’s also an opportunity for new people to come along to see what we have on offer for them.

“So if you’re interested in drama, dance, film, music or visual arts, get involved.”

The breakdance jam will be followed by a live gig, drama residency with theatre company The Letter Room, a one-day film challenge, a songwriting session, a showcase of short films and an opportunity for a budding artist to have their debut solo exhibition.

Dancers wanting to take part in the breakdance jam need to register in advance by e-mailing Connor at customspace@customshouse.co.uk.

There is a £4 entry fee for performers, no admission fee for spectators.

Support slots for musicians for the Live at The Customs House event are still available. For information, contact Jordan on jordancustomspace@customshouse.co.uk

The drama residency is open to those aged 14-19, from Tuesday, May 26-29. Applications can be made by e-mailing fiona@customshouse.co.uk before Friday.

The one-day film challenge will take place on May 26, with a screening on Thursday May 28.

The Railway Club’s Martin Trollope will host a day of songwriting, lyric writing, melodies and instrumentation on May 28. Beginners are welcome.

For artists to be in with the chance of seeing their first solo exhibition of work in the Stairwell Gallery, they should contact dclifford@customshouse.co.uk with a brief outline of their artistic vision and two images which best represent their work by May 15.

For information on The Takeover, contact Daniel on dcliffored@customshouse.co.uk, call 427 8193 or visit www.customshouse.co.uk

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