Lights, Camera, Action for Central Youth Theatre

This coming Saturday, Central Youth Theatre will embark on the beginning of their new film project “Travels with Morris”.

Based at the Newhampton Arts Centre, Central Youth Theatre has been providing opportunities for young people aged 8 – 25 in the dramatic arts, for over 28 years.

A team of young people from the youth theatre have been working together to make six fantastic comedy shorts about a young man and his Morris Minor Traveller. In just three months they will have written, filmed and edited six pieces of comedy gold.

The project is being funded by lottery funding from First Light Films, the education arm of the British Film Institute. First Light helps young people from all backgrounds to develop their skills, talent, creativity and entrepreneurial capabilities

And it all kicks off this Saturday when they begin filming the first of the six films ‘First Car’ set in the 1950s.

In this film, we see ‘Morris’, the main character, as a young child accompanying his Father buying a car that will eventually belong to him.  The film features not only the Morris Minor, but also a selection of classic cars provided by local enthusiasts.

Filming is taking place at Claverley Cricket Club, which will have been transformed into a 1950s showroom forecourt.

The film’s Director, Katherine Lea (14), says: “I’m really looking forward to filming, this is my first time doing anything other than acting and I think it’s going to be a really good experience. It’s all gone so fast, I can’t really believe that we’re actually making my film on Saturday!”

The films will be premiered at Lighthouse Media Centre in Wolverhampton on the 11th March 2012. After the premiere, the films will also be available to watch on YouTube.

For more information contact the Youth Theatre on: 01902 572091

Or visit: www.travelswithmorris.tumblr.com.

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