Young Reporters ready for Brave New World in Darlington

Young Reporters ready for Brave New World in Darlington

6 November 2015

Check out who's taking part in our Young Reporters Scheme at Darlington Civic Theatre next week.

We've teamed up with journalism students from Darlington College, eager to learn more about the creative processes involved in staging a theatre production. The scheme has worked successfully with students from the college previously on both A View from the Bridge and Regeneration. We're pleased to be working with them again and are looking forward to sharing their work with you. During the week, they'll be attending opening night of Brave New World and writing a blog either as a critique or about their experience. They'll be interviewing members of the cast and getting backstage insights on some of the roles you may not have heard of. 

So, let's take a look at who's taking part in the scheme in Darlington.

Mandi Allen
I am a third year BA Journalism mature student at Teesside University, based at Darlington College and would love the opportunity to report on Brave New World

Jonathan Barber, 18
I believe that I would make the perfect reporter because I am a hard-working and driven person who has a clear eye for a story. I am also extremely passionate about journalism having dreamed of being a reporter from a very young age.

Rebecca Dew, 21
I would love to undertake a week’s experience reporting on the staging of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World as I feel I would gain the opportunity to work on my reviewing as well as multi-media skills, developing audio and video interviews for blogs as well as written features.

Caroline Osbeldiston, 20
As I am passionate about the theatre, Young Reporters would be a great experience for me.

Rebecca Parkinson, 18
I am interested in this scheme because I have been studying Journalism at college for two years, and I love having opportunities to showcase my work and all I can do. 

Marita Phenix 
 I am hoping to write from a personal angle, possibly speaking to a member of cast about their experience? Most people will be writing reviews, so I am interested in doing something a little different.

Andrew Young, 24
I am a huge fan of the book and reviews are an area I am hoping to one day get in to, so this experience would be invaluable for me.

Joining them will be guest blogger Kirsty Bird who will be attending the show and sharing her thoughts on the production. Kirsty is eighteen-years-old and is currently studying English Language, Creative Media Production, Creative Writing and Psychology at college.

Kirsty Bird, 18
Writing is a rarity among the things I truly confide in. Therefore, any opportunity to express myself simply through words on paper is an opportunity I cannot ignore. My ever growing interest in journalism is the main reason the Young Reporter’s Scheme appeals to me, and I believe the experience will benefit me greatly in terms of my ability in the field.

Kirsty blogs at


Our Young Reporter Scheme is aimed at 17 - 30 years wanting to add to their portfolio and go backstage on a theatre production. To find out more about the scheme, please click here.

Brave New World premieres at Royal and Derngate, Northampton, where it runs from 4 to 26 September 2015. It then tours to Edinburgh, Blackpool, Nottingham, Cheltenham, Wolverhampton, Darlington and Bradford where it concludes on 5 December.