Young stars get a feel for the spotlight in Hereford

Hereford Times: (From left) David Durant, associate director at The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Fletcher Garrard, winner of The Jo Brand Award for Outstanding Achievement, Ollie Williams, winner of The Derek Jacobi Award for Excellence in Acting, Tara Purcell, winner (From left) David Durant, associate director at The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Fletcher Garrard, winner of The Jo Brand Award for Outstanding Achievement, Ollie Williams, winner of The Derek Jacobi Award for Excellence in Acting, Tara Purcell, winner

DOZENS of aspiring performers got the chance to tread the boards at the Courtyard Centre for the Arts on Saturday (June 29) as part of the annual Ignite: Youth Theatre Day.

More than 120 thespians from the Courtyard’s youth theatre classes around the county had the opportunity to perform in the theatre’s two main rooms, while workshops in everything from African drumming to circus skills took over the rest of the building.

The event was supported by the charitable trust of law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys, who have offices in Hereford and Ross-on-Wye.

David Durant, associate director at the Courtyard, said: “It is so great to offer young people these opportunities and see them have a super time.”

Harrison Clark Rickerbys donated £975 to the event, the latest in more than £145,000 of charitable contributions to local causes the firm has made since setting up the trust in 2007.

Andrew Perrett, partner and trustee of Harrison Clark Rickerbys' charitable Trust,said: "The Youth Theatre Day was a fantastic celebration of the achievements of its young members and we were delighted to support this enjoyable day.

“Our charitable trust aims to give back to the communities in which we operate, and with offices in both Hereford and Ross-on-Wye, this is a cause that we have been particularly pleased to support.”

For more information on Harrison Clark Rickerbys, or their charitable trust, visit www.hcrlaw.com.

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