First Night Bloggers have their say at Youth Arts Summit…

Last Friday Birmingham Hippodrome played host to Birmingham City Council’s Youth Arts Summit.

Opening with performances from local young rising stars, the day’s events and discussions were designed to give young people a voice in debating the role of the arts in our city.

Birmingham Hippodrome First Night Bloggers, Tal Fox and Heather Jenkins went along to the summit in order to voice their opinions on the relationship between young people and the arts in the region. Tal commented, “As a young person who wants a career in the industry and as an avid arts lover, I agree that it is vital to keep this discussion at the top of our priorities. After all, it is up to us to make sure that the industry will always be around.”

Heather also added, “…it’s great to see that so many people feel passionately about the same issues and want to work together to make changes happen. I look forward to seeing if and how any of the points raised will be put into practice.”

You can take a look at Heather’s full thoughts on the day here and read Tal’s report here.

Both Tal and Heather are representatives of our First Night scheme offering discounted theatre tickets for young people aged 16-23. For more information click here.

Last night for First Night Bloggers…

Ben Woooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

After 12 months of  theatre blogging, last Thursday we said a fond farewell to our current First Night Bloggers,  Chris Green and Aemelia Taylor.

First Night Bloggers: Aemelia Taylor and Chris Green

First Night Bloggers: Aemelia Taylor and Chris Green

Over the past year Chris and Aemelia have represented our First Night  scheme offering discounted theatre tickets and events for those aged 16-23 by coming along to each press night at the theatre and blogging about their experiences – sharing their theatrical views and opinions with other young people.

Throughout the course of the year our two bloggers have seen approximately 14 different productions including smash-hit West End productions such as The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and Dirty Dancing. The opportunity has also opened up other experiences that Chris and Aemelia had never seen before at the theatre such as their first taste of the ballet with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella and their first contemporary dance performance with Batsheva Dance Ensemble.

As Chris and Aemelia move on from their roles we are now thrilled to welcome a group of four brand-new First Night Bloggers; Ben Handforth (@bhandforth), Lindsey Grant (@linzigrant), Tal Fox (@_talfox_) and Heather Jenkins (@Heather_LJ). Click on the blogger’s names to view their first entries and make sure to keep up to date as they report back from upcoming events, productions and theatre news over coming 12 months…

We would like to thank Chris and Aemelia for their hard work and extend a big welcome to our new bloggers!

For more info on First Night, offering theatre goers aged 16-23 discounted tickets for selected performances click here.

Birmingham Hippodrome thanks PwC for their help in making First Night possible.

L-R: Heather Jenkins, Tal Fox, PwC's Mark Smith, Aemelia Taylor, Chris Green, Lindsey Grant and Ben Handforth

L-R: Heather Jenkins, Tal Fox, PwC’s Mark Smith, Aemelia Taylor, Chris Green, Lindsey Grant and Ben Handforth