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Monster school success at Occombe Farm

29 September 2014
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Play Torbay and Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust (TCCT) have transformed performing youngsters in Torbay into monster character at Occombe Farm.

Young people with learning and physical disabilities have boosted confidence and lifted self-esteem in their local ‘Monster School’, supported by Sanctuary Housing.

Charity organisers welcomed 31 shining stars to learn backstage skills in performing, animation, acting and dancing – all showcased in spectacular show in front of 200 local residents.

Michael Howarth, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships officer, added: “We were thrilled to support Play Torbay and TCCT in channelling the creative side of our local young people to help boost self-esteem in a fun and positive way.”

About Monster School

Monster school is a unique workshop, drawing support from professional artists – including Barbican TheatreForkbeard FantasyDance in Devon and Ali-way Scrapstore.

Hands-on mentoring saw the performing arts enthusiasts take the lead in creating the plot, props and designing costumes. The concluding performance of the school was a roaring success.

Development worker, Sarah-Jane Lowson, said: “The Monster School was a great success for the young people involved and the wider community and we are hugely grateful for all the support we have received.

“The attending monsters learnt a range of skills but more importantly came out of their shells in time to shine at the concluding show. Everyone involved should be very proud – they pulled out all the stops from start to finish with the help from their talented mentors.”

Sanctuary in Torbay

Sanctuary manages nearly 3,000 affordable properties throughout the English Riviera towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham. Residents who want to know more can follow on Twitter @hellosanctuary or visit Sanctuary Housing on Facebook