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  Blood Brothers Summer School

The Blood Brothers Summer School attendees We are really pleased to have just supported STAGE-ed in delivering a week-long Summer school based around the hit musical Blood Brothers.

The project ran from 28th July to 2nd August at Ridgeway High School in Noctorum and culminated in a thrilling performance for invited guests, friends, and family.

We came across STAGE-ed last year when they planned to run a similar summer school but had to pull the plug due to the high costs involved for potential participants.

So when the opportunity arose to work with them this year we jumped at the chance to fund the project. Our aim was to get a variety of Wirral schools to hand-pick young people who they thought would most benefit from the experience and by covering most of the costs we hoped to remove any financial barriers.

The Blood Brothers Summer School attendees  with Willy Russell What was even more exciting for the participants was a surprise visit by Blood Brothers author Willy Russell, who kindly spent an afternoon watching the young people perform and answering questions.

One of the underlying themes of Blood Brothers is the impact that background and class have on the opportunities, expectations, and life outcomes of the characters. We worked very closely with STAGE-ed to identify a cross-section of Wirral schools from which to recruit young people with different backgrounds and experience. We think this diversity added an extra element to the project and by all accounts it certainly resulted in a fantastic final performance from the young people involved.

This is exactly the type of wide-reaching project that The Olivia Rae Foundation have been waiting to support on Wirral - and its success is great news all round.

  STAGE-ed

STAGE-ed provide outstanding theatre workshops for schools across the country. Take a look at their site:

www.stage-ed.com

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Through its fundraising and grant making the Olivia Rae Foundation aims to support young people on Merseyside in achieving their aspirations through Education and the Arts.

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