Charity event gives access to youth

Carole Crane and Ruth Carney-Nash, co-ordinators of the Shout project by the Carney Academy
Carole Crane and Ruth Carney-Nash, co-ordinators of the Shout project by the Carney Academy

A Hooray for Hollywood charity night at Sheffield Wednesday will raise funds for a project introducing drama to young people who otherwise don’t have access to it.

The aim is to develop skills and build confidence among the youngsters but also hopefully lead to some of them getting into film or on to television.

The programme is called Shout and is a non-for-profit arm of the Carney Academy, based in the city centre where more than 200 students are trained on a Saturday in acting, singing and dance. Shout is going into schools, youth centres. and other areas frequented by young people, along with the probation service and other organisations, to reach young people under the age of 18 who would not normally have access to professional drama teaching.

They are already working with Sheffield Wednesday’s community programme and other partners include Firth Park Community Arts College and Arbourthorne Primary School.

“We will also work with at-risk groups to develop confidence, skills and knowledge that are all able to assist people with their life skills,” says Ruth Carney-Nash, director of Carney Academy.

Shout will encourage people from all backgrounds to come forward to learn theatre and acting television skills, as well as building confidence, social and speaking skills and working as a team.

“If kids start to believe in themselves and show aspirations we will have achieved something,” says Ruth.

Another objective is to identify talent in the city which will be given the opportunity to be part of the agency Carney Academy Talent, a collaboration with professional casting agent Carole Crane.

It aims to be the central contact in Sheffield and South Yorkshire for casting, something they believe is severely lacking within this area. “Many casting directors seek under 18s from Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham but never tap into the diverse talent that we have here in Sheffield and South Yorkshire,” says Carole.”We want to create a central pool for acting talent for TV.”

Hooray for Hollywood takes place at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground on November 9 and includes dancing, a casino, an auction hosted by actor Ian Reddington and performances by the SWFC dancers and the Carney Academy Singers,,

Tickets from Andrea Hudson on 07808 152627