YOUNG thespians are celebrating after a new performing arts centre was opened in the Dales.
Following an 18-month project drama group Theatreworks finally has a new home.
The studios, part of the Via Gellia Mills, near Bonsall, will provide an arts school for children aged three to 18, a resident youth theatre and a base for professional theatre companies to work from.
Artistic director Kirsty Williams, of Bonsall, said: “I’m thrilled to be working in such a creative space right on my doorstep. I never would have thought it possible, it certainly makes juggling work and family life easier.”
Kirsty, who has four young children and has worked at theatres all over the country, started Theatreworks in 2009 in Matlock.
The group has around 60 students who take part in all aspects of theatre-making from acting to set design. The studios also have prop and costume store.
Youngsters aged eight and upwards who want to tread the boards are invited to a summer school, from August 15 to August 19.
The studios will also host small scale performances focusing on works for young audiences or by young casts.
Kirsty said: “We hope to bring exciting new work and touring professional companies to the area to make theatre accessible and affordable to local audiences and their families.
“With lots of exciting ideas and plans for the next few years, the future for Theatreworks looks very bright indeed.”
Theatreworks is already celebrating a successful year after being selected by the National Theatre to produce a newly commissioned play by ground-breaking playwright Douglas Maxwell, which toured earlier this year ending up at the Sheffield Crucible.
The studio space is available to groups and companies looking to rehearse, audition and conduct workshops.
For more information go to www.theatreworksuk.com or call 01629 823969.