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In London’s (Off) West End 2020: The Young Vic launches YV:IDemystify


LONDON – The Young Vic has announced YV:IDemystify, a free programme of specialist events for theatre creators and makers launching in January 2020. The programme will promote the sharing of best practice models around the creation of theatre work to help open up new pathways in the industry and to provide a toolkit for theatre makers to help them navigate their creative journeys.

Each event in the series will be co-convened by a leading industry organisation, with a spotlight placed on a particular topic or theme that is current and recurrent for the theatre-making community. At each event, two speakers will lead an informal, in-the-round conversation, intended to kick start sharing, questions and experiences from the group. The YV:IDemystify series will begin in January 2020 at the Young Vic, with the first four events announced today and tickets available from 6th January. Further events will be announced throughout next year.

YV:IDemystify is part of the YV:ID series of talks, events and digital projects which catalyses debate and continues conversation beyond the Young Vic’s stages. Launched in early 2019, previous YV:ID work has included ‘Town Hall’ debate events to accompany the digital projects; Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle, a series of monologues produced for BBC Four exploring themes of personal and cultural identity through the eyes of an Afro-Caribbean family; My England, a collection of fourteen short films exploring the notions of Englishness; and The 8 Club, a five-part web series investigating the notion of ‘toxic masculinity’.

The first four events in the YV:IDemystify series are: Breaking Down the Doors, which  looks at innovative ways to forging a creative career as presented by two creators; Directing and Dramaturgy, which looks at dramaturgy as an integral part of the development of a production; Festivals as a Pathway for Creating New Work, which looks at making work for theatre festivals, and addresses how creators of work respond to festival contexts; and Emerged, Mid-Career, And Then What? Routes for Theatre Makers, for mid-career director-theatre makers wishing to progress to the next stage in their career.

Says Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah: “YV:IDemystify started with a question I posed at the beginning of my time at the Young Vic: how do we create a more transparent theatre sector? A sector that is more supportive of our creators and makers? More honest about the cost – and that’s not just the financial cost – of creative work. I am delighted that an influential collective of industry partners and speakers will join us to shape this series, as it is through conversation that we can truly begin to demystify what is so often an opaque industry.”

For more information and tickets (free with registration), visit their website here

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