The Place Theatre recruits two citizen journalists

The Place Theatre recently announced the winners of their Resident Review Writer competition for young local citizen journalists.

Kezia-Rose Johnston (18) won the aged 16-25 category, and Isabelle Brazier (9) from Bromham came first in the 9-15 category and you can read their award-winning reviews over the next two days on our blog.

Kezia-Rose Johnston won the 16 – 25 years category.

Both girls will become The Place’s Resident Reviewers for the autumn/winter season, and their writing will be published across The Place’s social media platforms as well as right here on The Clanger blog and in the magazine.

Read Kezia-Rose’s review of the Swan Theatre Company’s Who Killed Liberty Valance tomorrow (Wednesday 7 November) and Isabelle’s review of the Pantaloon’s take on Shakespeare’s As You Like It on Thursday 8 November.

The competition is an initiative of the Audience Development in the Community Project which started at The Place last spring. Funded by the Harpur Trust, the project aims to create new arts-based opportunities for community-focussed activity.

Isabelle Brazier was the winner of the 9 -15 age category

“Choosing citizen journalists under the age of 25 offers the Place Theatre a new way to develop links with this age-group,” said the project manager, Elizabeth Howard. “It also provides a public platform for young local people to express their views about the theatre that is on offer to Bedfordians. Ccommunity-based art initiatives are a wonderful way for people to create and lead social and political change.

“Kesia-Rose and Isabelle were chosen as our first winners because of the honesty and enthusiasm their writing portrayed and I look forward to working with them.’

Over the next 18 months (and possibly beyond) The Place will run a competition like this at the beginning of each season, so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.

Writing workshops will also run. Contact more information.

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