A showcase of the best young talent in Burnley put the spotlight on the town, its past, present and future.
Made in Burnley was a special one-off gala night made up of theatrical scenes, dance and music, courtesy of students from Burnley Youth Theatre. Handwritten invitations were sent out to Burnley business owners for the event which included a three-course dinner. Shining a light on the town’s achievements to date and its hopes for the future, there was also an exhibition of some of the artistic endeavours of Burnley’s business community.
The first purpose-built youth theatre in the UK, BYT teamed up with fellow arts organisations Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company, Mid Pennine Arts Association and In-Situ for the extravaganza.
Mandy Precious, Artistic Director at the youth theatre, said: “Burnley Youth Theatre was referred to as the jewel in Burnley’s crown. We want to see it shine again and make friends with people who want to get involved.”
The four local arts organisations have formed CATALYST to help them develop strong bonds with the town’s commercial sector, drawing attention to the threat of losing ground breaking local arts organisations and the importance of arts for local people.
Mandy added: “Being part of a theatre teaches you skills that are applicable in all walks of life such as responding to deadlines, working in teams, public speaking and confidence.
“It’s not about developing great actors, it’s about nurturing great human beings. These young people are the future of Burnley.’’