Young Gifted Brum @ The Drum – How will YOU Express Yourself?

Here at The Drum we’re always proud to celebrate achievement, and nothing makes us prouder than the amazing things going on in our Young Gifted Brum Workshops.

YGB brings together children and young people aged 8 – 18 from across the region for low-cost weekly workshops in Dance, Drama and Vocal Tuition.

Workshops are delivered by our dedicated team of experienced artists and tutors, and teach those involved to develop their creativity, self- confidence, and communication skills, whilst having loads of fun!

Whether learning the basics of script reading, toning your singing voice, or pushing your limits with the most advanced street dance moves, there’s something to let everyone express themselves… but don’t take our word for it!

To kick off the year, YGB members scripted, filmed and edited this promotion video, to let other young people know what a great time they could be having!

“We’ve been learning about Black History through drama, and were inspired by great black leaders such as Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela” explains Kieran Mellard, of YGB’s 14-18 Drama Group.

“These icons achieved great things for their communities, and it moved us to become young activists ourselves. YGB is suffering because not enough people know about it – so we created a promotion video in order to make a change in our community.”

Our 2014 Spring Season will be offering the following classes…

Street Dance for Beginners

Ideal for anyone starting from scratch who wants to learn the basics, these classes will introduce you to the basics of Street Dance, ease you into routines, and have you dancing in no time!

Improve Your Street Dance

Perfect for more developed dancers looking to hone their skills, these workshops let participants practice what they know and learn a number of new routines.

Advanced Street Dance

For those who want to take their moves to the next level! The most talented dancers have previously worked with international choreographers, and are developing into a crew to keep an eye on!

Drama for 8-10 year olds

Members will learn basic drama skills and how to develop their onstage presence, as well as developing self-confidence and literacy skills.

Drama for 11-13 year olds

Workshops teach participants to work with scripts, learn monologues, and devise their own theatrical piece for a showcase performance, all the while developing creative thinking and theatrical skills.

Drama for 14-18 year olds

Members will learn a full range of theatrical techniques, develop their critical thinking and creative writing skills to eventually stage their own production of an issue-base theatre piece.

Feel like trying something new? Contact Sarah Blackstock, Head of Young People & Creative Learning for further information at s.blackstock@the-drum.org.uk, and click here to find out more about all our Workshops.

YGB Fees: Frequently Asked Questions

YGB Registration Form (Spring 2014)

YGB Terms and Conditions (Spring 2014)

Follow YGB on Twitter @GiftedBrum to keep up to date!

Head Start in the Arts: Become an Apprentice at The Drum

Get Into Creative Employment Fair 2014
Sat 25 Jan, 10am – 1pm
The Birmingham REP

Here at The Drum, we know that cultural experiences can change a person’s life, helping them learn new skills, discover talents of passions they never knew they had, and maybe even turn these passions to a career.

If you’re aged 16 – 24, unemployed, and have ever thought of taking up a career in Creative Arts, but haven’t know where to go or who to talk to, we invite you to attend the Get Into Creative Employment Fair on Sat 25 Jan, 10am1pm at The Birmingham REP, in association with Creative Alliance.

All attending the event will find out about the jobs available in theatre, dance, art, music and craft, the recruitment processes involved, and gain advice on how to apply as well as take part in CV and portfolio surgeries.

The Drum is proud to be a part of the 2014 Creative Employment Programme, supporting the creation of apprenticeship and internship opportunities for young unemployed wanting to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector. Participants can gain valuable skills and experience to distinguish them to potential employers and help boost the start of their career in the sector.

Internship and Apprenticeship opportunities are available with major Birmingham arts organisations including Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham REP, Craftspace, DanceXchange and Sampad. The Drum will be offering positions to 7 Apprentices looking to gain experience in Marketing, Arts Programming, Technical, Finance, Customer Service and Administration, including HR and working with the Young People & Creative Learning Department.

“We are delighted to be working with Creative Alliance to provide such excellent opportunities for young people to get their first start in the arts. The Drum has always been at the heart of Birmingham’s creative community, and we are proud to be helping to develop the city’s next generation of arts workers.”Charles Small, CEO, The Drum

To find out more about the event, email Event Coordinator Jenny Duffin on jenny@creative-alliance.org.uk.  Visit the Facebook page Get into Creative Employment, follow on Twitter @GICE_Birmingham, or visit www.creative-employment.co.uk