Theatre of Minds
We are a group of young people between the ages of 16 and 19 working together to create theatre in our local community. The majority of the members of the company are current or ex- students of Beaumont School in St Albans, but the group formed with the desire to create theatre beyond the school environment. We all have different roles within the production process, so that our entire project can be created by young people making it easier for us to portray young people’s issues in an honest and truthful way. Our production Base Layer was performed in the summer of 2016, but we are sure that this isn’t the end of Theatre of Minds.
The founders of Theatre Of Minds:
I am now studying maths at the University of Leeds, and although drama is not my degree subject I am always looking for new ways to develop my skills both on and of the stage. At school, I directed a piece about a group of actors in a devised piece surrounding the issue of domestic abuse in the community as part of my A-Level drama and learnt so much about the role of a director which I then took further during my gap year with a directors course at the National Theatre and then directing our piece, Base Layer. This year, in Leeds, I have headed back to the performing side of things as I’ve joined a new theatre community. Now, I’m ready to challenge myself with new projects that are just on the horizon.
I am currently in year 12 at Beaumont School, St Albans, and I am studying for my A-Levels (one of which is drama). I really enjoy creating drama especially physical theatre as I like the fact that the audience can read in to it what they want. Everyone will have a different opinion, there is no right or wrong.
In year 10, me and several other friends took part in a physical theatre showcase led by Mrs N Ward and we created a piece based around the idea of News, and then I performed as part of the company in Base Layer. Currently, I am working on a piece in the style of the theatre company Gecko as part of my studies and developing my skills further.