Ground-breaking theatre training programme offered to 18-25 year olds joining Springboard

Young people from South and West London have joined a ground-breaking training programme at a theatre to help give them a pathway into the industry.

Adelaide Banks, Kane Feagan and Ryan Stevens, all from Hammersmith and Fulham and Wilf Walsworth from Wandsworth have joined Springboard at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.

Following auditions in December, ten trainees were chosen for the two-year course.

The programme addresses current challenges facing aspiring young performers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and groups underrepresented in theatre.

It is designed specifically for ages 18-25 who have had zero to little formal drama training and will provide trainees with a specialist understanding of all aspects of a producing theatre through performances, workshops, masterclasses and artist development opportunities on and off stage.

Mr Feagan, 25, said: “I knew from very young watching TV, movies and theatre that I wanted to be an actor.

“I’m excited to learn from professionals at the Lyric and in the industry, to progress and grow within the building and work with my nine new peers.

“I think Springboard will make me grow as a performer and give me the opportunity to pursue my career and become a bigger and better me.”

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