Drama group is still thriving 20 years on

Club of the Week: D2E, youth theatre group, meets at the Guildhall in Grantham.
Club of the Week: D2E, youth theatre group, meets at the Guildhall in Grantham.
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IT has been 20 years since the Guildhall Arts Centre opened in 1991, and ever since its opening it has had a live and kicking youth drama scene.

The youth drama club is currently known as D2E, standing for Down to Earth.

What makes D2E stand out from other youth drama groups in Grantham, is that it is the only one with direct access to a professional working theatre - a fantastic opportunity for Grantham’s young drama enthusiasts.

Fiona Kimberley-Pope, D2E’s youth drama director, has been working in the role since graduating in drama from a university in London 10 years ago, and hasn’t looked back since.

She said: “I came to set up and run an intermediate group, and now I run the junior and senior groups, too.”

Last week the junior group put their genre theory lessons to the test when they filmed shots in the Guildhall cellar for a Most Haunted-inspired film they are making.

This week the girls will be having a few lessons in film editing, using the shots they took last week.

All of D2E’s classes will be producing a film and will have a showcase evening in December to display and compare their work.

Fiona described the variety of activities the classes do to encourage the groups creativity. She said: “I don’t want to just spoon-feed them all the musicals. D2E is an organic amalgamation of all sorts of things.”

D2E offers three different classes; junior, intermediate and senior.

The junior class, affectionately nicknamed the Pips, owing to the town’s connection to the apple, is for eight to 11 years, and runs on Tuesdays from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, costing £3.

The intermediate class is for 11-13 years and runs on Fridays from 5pm to 6.30pm, costing £3.50.

Core, the senior group, is for 14 years plus and runs on a Thursday from 7pm to 9pm, costing £4.

For more information simply visit the website: www.guildhallartscentre.com/home/youth-theatre-d2e