Watford Palace Young Company perform at United Nations meeting

Watford Palace Young Company perform at United Nations meeting

22 October 2019

The Palace Young Company recently performed at a United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) meeting in London.  Invited by the meeting’s organiser and the founder of the 5Rights Foundation Baroness Kidron OBE, the 12-strong company of young people aged 12-18years from across Watford performed their devised piece We’re Waiting to an audience of children’s rights experts from around the world who were gathering to consider children’s digital rights and protections online.

The company’s devised piece was originally commissioned by the Royal Opera House Bridge and was first performed on the ROH Linbury Theatre stage in June at The Thriving Child conference. This event was hosted by broadcaster and presenter Kirsty Wark, with guest speakers including Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, and British rapper, journalist and activist, Akala. 

The Palace Young Company worked with Associate Director James Williams and filmmaker George Day from DMLK Video to explore issues affecting young people’s ability to thrive in the UK today.  The process began with a series of consultation workshops to collect stories, ideas and experiences from a range of young voices. Groups involved included the Palace Youth Theatre, Young Orbital - a community-based youth theatre run by the Palace Theatre in partnership with One YMCA at Orbital Community Centre, Year 5 pupils from Central Primary, and the YC Hertfordshire’s Thrive project at Youth Point run in partnership with Watford African Caribbean Association. The resulting performance and short film expressed young people’s thoughts and feelings on a range of issues that affect them today and featured participants from each of the workshops.

Watford Palace Theatre runs a range of youth theatre groups for anyone aged 7-19. For further details on how to get involved, please visit the Take Part pages of our website or email: takepart@watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk