Young Voices at uni campus

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AN applied theatre performance installation called Young Voices can be seen at Hull University’s Scarborough campus tomorrow.

It has been created by Yiota Demetriou, as part of her research for a master’s degree, and youngsters from Filey Youth Centre.

It aims to “enhance local communities and my understanding of youth’s experiences and concerns from their perspective,” Yiota says.

“In particular, the kinds of experience that might be considered ‘at-risk’ and the concerns that are often articulated by adults instead of young people.

“The study investigates how performance can create youth inclusioN.

“With a group of secondary school students, who attend Filey Youth Centre, I used Augusto Boal’s forum theatre technique to collectively elicit, present and question their experiences and concerns by using a theatrical medium,” Yiota says.

“The research process attempted to help students discuss their concerns and exhibit them to raise awareness about how their opinions should be required for matters that concern them.

“The material used in the performance installation is highly authentic taken from interviewing the youngsters about their ambitions, experiences and concerns by using the verbatim theatre style.

“The interviews were later on transformed into anonymous monologues where each young participant chose the monologue they would like to perform.

“The performance is presented as a promenade installation performance”.