Announcing our Northampton Young Reporter!

Announcing our Northampton Young Reporter!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Laura Jayne Bateman joins our new Young Reporters scheme at one of her regular theatres, Northampton Royal and Derngate.

Our first roving reporter has been appointed today and at the youthful age of 18 years, Laura Bateman is thrilled to be given such a unique experience. Each reporter will take part in a placement at their local theatre and work with press, marketing actors and stage crew to create articles, blogs, video and photo diaries during the week run of Pat Barker's Regeneration.

I am absolutely thrilled to be a Young Reporter and to be involved in the commemoration of the outbreak of the Great War in its centenary year

Laura was appointed her school's first Humanities' Prefect for the most recent academic year, and published her own in-school newsletter entitled The Portland Telegraph.

Each reporter was asked to submit one or two ideas for an article based around the production Regeneration that they would like to write during their placement. We at Theatre Cloud, were bowled over by her brilliant ideas which included:

...examining the impact that the First World War had on the city of Northampton and its inhabitants, both during and after the war. Northampton lost approximately 1,700 men and I feel that this story would appropriately demonstrate the struggle of a single city as part of England's national crisis. 

The fact that Sassoon and Owen, arguably the two greatest poets of the First World War and, indeed, of the twentieth century, met, became friendly and critiqued each other's work is fascinating, for it demonstrates the extent to which war experiences unified a generation. Thus, my second idea is to explore their relationship in far greater detail than Barker does in the novel. Indeed, Sassoon is quoted to have said that "W's (Wilfred's) death was a blow from which I never recovered"; in addition to investigating the impact that Sassoon had on Owen's poetry, I would also like to explore the impact that Owen's friendship had on Sassoon, who outlived Owen by almost half a decade.

Laura lives in Leicestershire with her parents and is looking forward to commencing her first year as an English Literature undergraduate at the University of Nottingham. We welcome her aboard and can't wait to read her work.




I had a wonderful time as the Theatre Cloud Young Reporter. Stacey, Nick and Neale were always so helpful and friendly, and the Royal & Derngate team were incredibly welcoming. I was able to write a wide range of articles during the week, which introduced me to the many varied aspects of journalism, and seeing my work published on the Theatre Cloud website gave a real sense of achievement. The Young Reporter role provides so many exciting opportunities- backstage tours, attending press night, interviewing the cast- that I was able to learn a great deal about not only the world of media and PR, but also about the practical functions of theatres and producing companies. To any young people reading this who are interested in theatre, writing, journalism and/or the First World War, make sure you apply to be a Young Reporter; it's one-of-a-kind work experience that will really stand out on CVs, and I could not recommend it enough.

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.