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Young artists stage show to mark charity's anniversary
AN OXFORDSHIRE charity that provides grants for young artists is to celebrate its 10th birthday at the Pegasus Theatre.
The Exuberant Trust, which has awarded nearly 80 grants totalling £42,000 in the past 10 years, is putting on a gala showcase at the Magdalen Road theatre on Sunday, September 22.
It will feature a range of performances, including singing, theatre sketches and street dancing, from young people who have received funding from the charity.
Trustee Susie Crow said the Pegasus was a “special” theatre.
The 57-year-old from Summertown added: “We are absolutely thrilled that they are letting us use the space.
“The theatre is renowned for supporting young artists and it’s an entirely appropriate place. East Oxford is a very diverse area and we hope to reach as much of the community as possible.”
The charity aims to sell all 134 tickets, which are priced at £15 (£10 concessions), in order to provide funding for artists of the future in need of support. It provides grants of up to £300 for those aged under 18 and up to £500 for those aged between 18 and 30.
The grants support specific projects in music, drama, dance, art, crafts and multi-media, rather than vocational training.
Body Politic Dance received a £500 grant in July to have a choreographer from America teach the group at special workshops and is performing at Pegasus.
Director Emma-Jane Greig, 26, said: “We’re so grateful for the support that The Exuberant Trust has given us and it’s a brilliant opportunity.”
Gill Jaggers, at the Pegasus Theatre, said the drama company was happy to support charities such as The Exuberant Trust.
She said: “Young artists and young companies have a very tough time starting out in the business. Organisations like The Exuberant Trust give them a great boost, either from the early days or for a new project they are trying to get off the ground.”
Previous Exuberant award winners include composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, who won the BBC Young Composer Competition in 1996 aged 15, and pianist and composer Kate Whitley, who, after receiving funding in 2006, also won the BBC Young Composer Competition.
Tickets for the Sunday, September 22, show are available at pegasustheatre.org.uk