Announcing our Bradford Young Reporter!

Announcing our Bradford Young Reporter!

Friday, 3 October 2014

Meet Raza Khan, our second Young Reporter to join the scheme running throughout the tour of Regeneration

As Regeneration hits Bradford next week, 17 year old Raza will be chasing that scoop at the beautiful Alhambra theatre to give Theatre Cloud readers all the latest news and inside gossip on the show.

During his week placement, Raza will be interviewing cast members of the show, attending the first night and covering all the fun events running throughout the week to commemorate WW1. You may even find him interviewing members of the public outside the theatre on why they love the Alhambra for his #LoveAlhambra article!



I signed up for the Young reporters Scheme because after I leave uni, I want to be an entertainment journalist. I love theatre, films, TV shows and comics, naturally this Scheme looked perfect for me, and I hope to gain more skills in terms of journalistic writing and how different it is to write for specific audiences in certain contexts, giving me the skills to get a leg up after university.




Raza, who currently attends Carlton Bolling School in Bradford, became a published author earlier this year after working on a project run by First Story which saw pupils from his school and Feversham College working with professional authors as part of an initiative to encourage young people to get involved in reading and writing.

"the book launch took place in a cemetery, which was fun!" says Raza of his first published work.


To apply for the week placement on the Young Reporter scheme, Raza was asked to submit an idea for an article he would like to write based on the themes of Regeneration

I read online Regeneration has been in the works as a play for over a year, and the review could be on whether the play itself has paid off. With snippets of commentaries about individual actors roles and how effectively they lent their hand to the play.

With interesting ideas like this we just couldn't turn him away! Welcome aboard Raza we can't wait to be working with you.



"It all started with the most productive procrastination I have ever done. I traipsed through YouTube as the faint dim of the English Literature coursework, I should have been doing, was left in the back of my mind and abandoned. That was when I stumbled across the trailer for Regeneration. Intrigued, Googling ensued and I found Theatre Cloud were looking for a Young Reporter, but not as young as me for I was a year off the 18 - 25 age requirement. It was a choice between doing my Lit coursework and using my time productively, or applying to a scheme I probably wouldn't be considered for. I chose the latter and it was one of the best choices I have ever made. Thanks to Theatre Cloud a 17 year old from Bradford was plunged into the fabulous world of Journalism, supported by the lovely Helen Green and amazing Neale Birch, I tasted a slice of Journalism and have never been as sure as I am now that I want the whole pie. The knowledge and insight gained through the Young Reporters Scheme is infallible, the one-on-one talks with directors and actors, coupled with the amazing production I had the chance to witness is just an experience which set me, in brilliant fashion, up for a career in journalism. Due to the flu thinking I'm amazing, however, my experience was cut short by two days, and kept me ill for a week - but seeing my writing up on the Theatre Cloud website made up for it and made the whole experience worthwhile. Now you know why signing up for the scheme was the most productive procrastination I've ever done."

See what Raza tweeted during his week placement at the Alhambra Theatre @ReichenbachTrip and by checking out his photo diary, first night blog and more on Theatre Cloud.

Want to apply to be our next Young Reporter? See here for more information.

Regeneration premiered on 2 September 2014 (previews from 29 August) at Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where it continues until 20 September 2014. It then tours to York, Edinburgh, Bradford, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Richmond, Wolverhampton, Darlington and Blackpool where it concludes on 29 November.