The Old Vic, one of London’s best known and loved theatres, has opened a new community performance space, hosted by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland at its site on Drummond Road, SE16.
Old Vic New Voices, The Old Vic’s award-winning community engagement, talent development and creative learning programme, has made a year-long home in a former College theatre building at the site. It has launched its residency with a two week run of Ages, The Old Vic Community Company’s 2015 production which has been inspired by the stories of over 200 Londoners, and explores what it means to grow up and grow old in the city.
OId Vic New Voices aims to get even more people from the local area involved in theatre and performing arts and will hold workshops, performances, readings, and theatre ‘boot camps’ throughout the year from its new space, known as ‘The Old Vic Workrooms.’
The company of Ages comprises over 100 Old Vic Community Company members, including local people who attended recent open auditions. Ages is accompanied by a choir created in collaboration with the London Community Gospel Choir.
The local community was recently invited to a preview of Ages, and a BBQ before the show supplied by local butcher Bell & Sons.
Alexander Ferris, Director of Old Vic New Voices, said: "With local people joining the cast it was fantastic to show their friends, family and the community here what we’ve been working on. Ages is an epic tale which challenges our prejudices and dares us to really think about what it means to be ‘old’. We hope everyone enjoys it, and that it may even encourage some new faces to say hello over the coming months as we continue our work from The Old Vic Workrooms.”
Katherine Rodgers, Project Director at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland said: “It’s fantastic to have The Old Vic in Bermondsey. We believe we can make a positive contribution to this neighbourhood, and offering more opportunities for its communities to learn and have fun is just one way we hope to do that.”
A small number of tickets for Ages are still available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Old Vic New Voices is sharing the former Lewisham and Southwark College site with Compass School Southwark, a school for 11-16 year-olds, and Construction Youth Trust, which recently opened a construction training centre to help young people access training and employment in the construction industry.
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland owns the former College site as well as the neighbouring Biscuit Factory site, close to the Bermondsey London Underground station. It intends to hold a public consultation on the future of these two sites later this year. For more information visit www.grosvenorandbermondsey.com
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About Old Vic New Voices
Old Vic New Voices nurtures talent, inspires young people and opens up theatre to everyone. We develop the next generation of theatre practitioners, many of whom go on to get major commissions, directing posts, senior management positions and become household names; we offer access and insights into theatre making for all ages and experiences; and create ambitious, innovative productions for the community.
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland’s mission is to create and recreate inspiring places and neighbourhoods, delivering value for customers, shareholders and co-investors with its place-making expertise. It owns, develops and manages a diverse property portfolio in cities across Britain and Ireland. Business units are focused on its London estate, comprising 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia in the heart of the UK’s capital, and developments elsewhere in London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Oxford, Cambridge and Southampton. As at 31 December 2014, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had £5.2bn of assets under management.