News from York Theatre Royal


John Lacy and Michael Fieldsend of Rotary Club of York with Access All Areas members

York Theatre Royal’s weekly Access All Areas group has been awarded a grant of £1,250 by the Rotary Club of York. Access All Areas is a free weekly session for 12 to 16 year-olds of all backgrounds, which allows the young people to explore all elements of drama and theatre in a safe and supportive environment.

This spring, members of the group will be taking part in the York Theatre Royal large scale community project In Fog and Falling Snow at the National Railway Museum and also working towards their Bronze level Arts Award qualification. The grant will give valuable support to the group during this project.

York Theatre Royal’s Creative Skills Promoter, Paula Clark, who lead the Access All Areas group said:

This donation to our Access All Areas project means that we can continue to make sure that all young people in York are able to participate in York Theatre Royal activities regardless of their circumstances. This extremely generous grant means that we are able to extend the offer to many more young people in the community and continue to provide a meaningful experience for all participants.

The donation cheque was handed over to members of Access All Areas at the National Railway Museum by Rotary Club of York President John Lacy and President-Elect Michael Fieldsend.

The Rotary Club of York chooses to focus much of its community support towards working on meaningful projects with children and young people in the City.

Michael Fieldsend commented:

When we learned about the Access All Areas group being run by York Theatre Royal, we were impressed with what they were trying to achieve and especially that these young people were working towards a recognised qualification. The opportunity for us to help them take part in the forthcoming community production In Fog and Falling Snow was one we were happy to take on board. Having now met some of the young people in person, we are even happier that we have been able to help.

New members of the Access All Areas group are by referral only. More information can be requested from Paula Clark, [email protected].