VenueNorth Edinburgh Arts Centre, 15a Pennywell Court, Edinburgh EH4 4TZ
A group of young people from North Edinburgh are set to become exponents for nature conservation, thanks to the culmination of an innovative project involving the ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the Lyceum Youth Theatre Discover Programme, North Edinburgh Arts Centre and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. The young people from the Lyceum Youth Theatre Discover group are aged between 9 and 12, and from the Muirhouse, Pilton and Granton areas of Edinburgh. They will be working with Naomi Webster from the Durrell Wildlife Trust (Bright Ideas Fellow at the Forum) and RZSS to learn about the importance of saving endangered species and habitats. The project – which is unique in its involvement of Edinburgh’s leading academic, conservation, and performing arts organisations – will culminate with the group informing their local communities about conservation issues through the performance - on Saturday 26 January - of a pantomime they have developed with the support of North Edinburgh Arts Centre. The children will also undertake a “behind the scenes” visit to Edinburgh Zoo as part of the project, in order to learn about endangered animals first hand. So if you have some time to spare on Saturday 26th January, come on down to the North Edinburgh Arts Centre to support the group during their pantomime performance. No pantomime will be complete without an audience shouting "he's behind you!" so the more the merrier! The performance will only be 15-20 minutes and will start at 2pm. Children welcome.