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Posted On: 15th Feb 2013

Casting a Future

A potential actor auditioning for the play
The team behind the Fix in front of a Fixers banner
Lead Fixer Rachel sitting cross legged on the floor reading through the script

An entrepreneurial group of Fixers are creating a theatre company to boost the employment chances of young people in their area.

 

The team, based in Norwich, aims to create an entirely youth-run company which will provide work experience for those out of work.

 

With a play already scripted and casting underway, the team hope to perform their material in the near future, utilising the talents of young people in their area to put on a professional show.

 

Lead Fixer Rachel Wearmouth (21) feels people in the town leave education with little chances of finding opportunities to learn new skills.

 

‘Employment opportunities in Norwich are very limited,’ she explains, ‘and lots of people I know are unemployed.

 

‘By creating this theatre group, and by staging our play, we are providing opportunities not just for actors but for event planning, management, costume making, props, front of house, marketing, and finance.

 

‘There are lots of roles to fill, so hopefully this will provide young people with employment and work experience that will improve their CVs and job-seeking prospects in the future.’

 

The play, which is currently in production, focuses on the main character Kate as she decides what to do with her future when faced with the dilemma of going to university or getting a job.

 

‘The play is all about encouraging people to find a path that is right for them, and that is something we hope we can set them on,’ says Rachel.

Author: Ashley Scrace

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