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Monday, February 2, 2015

Two of The Met’s community groups awarded Community First funding

Two community groups held at The Met have been awarded funding from Community First. Community First helps communities come together to identify their strengths and local priorities in order to plan for their future and become more resilient.

Met Express, the Met’s drama group for around 40 adults with disabilities has been running for many years producing a drama piece each term which is then performed to family and friends. They have been awarded funding for a new project, which includes a series of workshops using Edwin Street Recording Studio, who work with groups of all abilities. The group are excited to have the opportunity to experiment with sound and music in a professional recording studio. The group will learn new creative and technical skills. Using sound and music will particularly help members who have limited verbal communication to fully participate. The project is going to culminate in a recorded piece of work that the group plan to utilise in future live performances.

The second community group to be awarded funding is the Bury Youth Theatre. A successful youth theatre for 9 – 16 year olds that has been running at The Met for some time. Funding has been award to extend this provision and form a separate group for 5 – 8 year olds. The group, BYT Minis, runs every Wednesday 4.30-5.30 and costs £2, and the first session was on 21 January. Free schools sessions were offered to primary schools in the local area to foster interest and introduce a wide range of children to theatre. Participating in the workshops will not only develop confidence skills and friendship but will also allow children to develop their team work skills and creativity in a nurturing group environment. Throughout the term children will participate in inclusive and interactive workshops culminating in a group public performance.

Spaces are available for Bury Youth Theatre Minis and pre booking is not required, just come along. Call 0161 761 2216 for more information.