Mountview’s philosophy for excellence, access and innovation underpins everything we do. We are a registered charity and seek donations and sponsorship to support all areas of our work:
BROADENING ACCESS TO TRAINING
Mountview’s regional audition programme enables young people across the country to easily attend auditions.
We work in collaboration with a national network of youth theatres and other arts organisations throughout the UK who have a track record of working with a culturally, socially and financially diverse range of people at grass roots level. Talented young people for whom the cost of auditioning would be a barrier to further study are recommended by these youth groups and receive free auditions at centres across the UK.
Once offered a place, our registry team work closely with students to ensure funding can be secured to support their training, both through government-funded DaDAs (Dance and Drama Awards) and funding provided by Mountview’s scholarship scheme.
Mountview is dedicated to feeding the industry with high quality new writing. Each year our students collaborate with the finest practitioners across the industry to create high quality pieces of new work.
Over the past two years, three shows commissioned and developed by Mountview have been produced professionally. These included Busters by Olivier-nominated playwright and Mountview Artistic Associate Roy Williams OBE, funded by Arts Council England, and most recently Lockhart, a new musical by Jason Carr and Ashley Robinson, which is now under option to be performed at the Public Theatre in New York in 2018.
Previous projects have included work with Philip Ridley, Tom Morton-Smith, The Martyr (2013) by Rachel Wagstaff and Matt Brind and directed by Steve Marmion at Soho Theatre and Yusupov (2014) by Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James McConnel.
WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE
ENGAGE, Mountview’s young people’s programme, offers a creative outlet for six to 18-year-olds through regular Saturday and summer holiday courses. These provide an environment that young people take ownership of, working with professional actors, directors and choreographers to discover their creative voice.
Young people up to the age of 24 who wish to develop their skills further can join our Young Performers’ Company which provides the space to explore ideas and create their own innovative theatre.
Over half of these young people can only attend thanks to funding from Tottenham Grammar School Foundation and demand for places far exceeds supply. We plan to extend this programme to reach more young people after school, on weekends and during holidays.
WORK WITH SCHOOLS
Drama and performance are great ways to build confidence and self-esteem but are sadly not available to every school child.
Mountview’s Bridge Project helps to plug the gap between schools and vocational training. By taking professional theatre practitioners directly into schools, pupils are directly exposed to the opportunities, skills and benefits offered by increased engagement with drama. After a term of weekly workshops in schools, pupils are brought together in a sharing session within Mountview itself, offering them the opportunity to show and share their learning. Opportunities to continue the training on one of Mountview’s ENGAGE programmes are promoted throughout the Project.
Mountview also runs a Shakespeare in a Suitcase project, bringing the excitement of live theatre into schools, increasing pupil engagement, supporting the curriculum and providing positive role model interaction.