Meet the Virtual Academy…

Meet the Virtual Academy…

The Academy is a free group run by the Octagon that gives young people the chance to create and tour their own theatre production. Ruth who is the Academy producer and director talks about how during lockdown they have taken the group virtual!

Our Octagon Academy have had a fantastic year so far. The group started meeting in September and have since took part a range of drama workshops, interviewed writers, made their own theatre and watched shows at the Octagon.

In February the Academy went on a three day residential at Brathay in Ambleside where they took part in outdoor and team building activities. The group came back from Ambleside raring to get going on making their show which was due to tour around Bolton in July. They decided to focus their show on mental health and wellbeing, a topic they felt was really important to young people.

Following government guidelines to close theatres in March, the group are currently unable to meet in person and the work on their show has been temporarily paused.

In the meantime, the Virtual Academy has been born!

The group are now keeping in touch virtually using the online platform Zoom to ‘meet’ in their regular Monday evening time. Each week they take part in activities and tasks such as writing and performing their own monologues, recording sounds to create soundscapes, watching and reviewing theatre online, and working towards achieving their Bronze or Silver Arts Awards!

We believe that mental health and wellbeing is more important than ever. We are passionate that the Academy provides a valuable space for young people to make friends, share ideas and be creative.

It’s great to be able to stay in touch with them during this time, though we look forward to being back in the rehearsal room!

find out more about the Academy here