Weʼve raised £940 to support YOBOS, Katharine House Hospice and Banbury Young Homelessness Project by streaming The Lockdown Look Back!
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After having to postpone their summer musical – In the Heights, - due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Banbury’s award winning youth group, Youth of Banbury Operatic Society, are working hard to stage a musical theatre concert with a difference. YOBOS, who recently won NODA’s Best Youth Musical Award for their 2019 production of 42nd Street, are taking a digital ‘look back’ at their successful 17-year history whilst also raising money for Katharine House Hospice and Banbury Young Homelessness Project.
YOBOS is Banbury’s multi-award winning, non-profit group that gives 11 to 19 year olds in the Banbury and North Oxfordshire area a taste of what it takes to be in a musical production. The group, set up in 2003 as an exciting musical theatre project, specialises in putting on each production in just one week in the summer holidays, with casting and three workshops taking place in the months prior to the summer performance. YOBOS’ high quality productions have resulted in them gaining national recognition and members have not only gone on to perform in the West End, but also to taken on leadership roles within YOBOS. The ever-growing group was set up as an offshoot of Banbury Operatic Society who will soon be celebrating their 60th Anniversary. YOBOS is a chance for young, passionate performers to stage a musical with like-minded individuals.
The concept for The Lockdown Look Back came after the group was forced to postpone their summer production of In the Heights. Believing that young people needed theatre now more than ever, YOBOS set themselves the challenge of creating a musical theatre concert whilst in lockdown. YOBOS members – past and present – have contributed to this special film and the group have held virtual rehearsals online. The Lockdown Look Back consists of numbers from every show YOBOS has performed in their 17-year history including Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Grease, Rock of Ages and their recent award winning show, 42nd Street. The cast members have sent in videos of their acts, which will be edited together to create a full-length video production.
“We are so excited to be able to release this incredible film,” said Ben Coleman, the Youth Officer for YOBOS and Banbury Operatic Society. “After being forced to postpone In the Heights, we considered taking a year off. However, theatre is so much more than a building and our incredible young cast deserve a chance to show of their incredible talents. Ben is no stranger to creating digital theatre in Lockdown having helmed Avocet Theatre Company’s Virtual Variety Show in June. “We raised over £1,000 for the arts and the NHS,” said Ben. “We were so proud of that achievement and I am thrilled that YOBOS will also be using this event to raise money for important causes. Katharine House Hospice and Banbury Young Homelessness Project do such vital work within our town and should be supported – especially in this tricky time”. Emily Sloan, Alice Robinson and Luke Wetherill join Ben on the production team. “We have all been on the production team for a while now and were all YOBOS members ourselves once upon a time. To use what would have been a very upsetting time to celebrate YOBOS’ successful history is such a wonderful achievement and we are so proud of our incredibly talented cast. Banbury is so lucky to have such a wealth of young talent within our town”.
Whilst The Lockdown Look Back will be free to watch, YOBOS are encouraging people to donate via their JustGiving page. “Like so many during this time, we have costs to cover and no income”. Said Ben. “Any donations will go some way to supporting us with those costs. We also want to raise as much money as possible for Katharine House Hospice and Banbury Young Homelessness Project, with whom we will be splitting any profit, so they can continue the vital work they do”.
The Lockdown Look Back will be streamed at www.YOBOS.co.uk at 7.30pm on Sunday 15th August 2020 and will be available until Sunday 13th September 2020. Viewing of The Virtual Variety Show is free but donations via www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/yobos are encouraged, with any profits being split with Katharine House Hospice and Banbury Young Homelessness Project.
- 5 months ago
Ben Coleman5 months ago
WATCH THE LOCKDOWN LOOK BACK HERE! Thank you to everyone who has supported us! We are thrilled to release The Lockdown Look Back, raising money for important local causes.
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- 6 months ago
Ben Coleman6 months ago
The Lockdown Look Back has been edited and the Production Team have had their 'Dress Rehearsal' , watching the first draft and making some notes. Final touches are now being added ready for the premiere on Saturday at 7.30pm. You won't want to miss it :)
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Carol and Graham Batchelor
Sep 11, 2020
Really enjoyed watching it - all that hard work paid off. Go Izzy!
Sep 3, 2020
Congratulations to all at YOBOS for a fantastic job and keeping people’s spirits up in these strange times and for raising vital funds for such worthy and important charities.
Nick Lawrence NODA Past President
Sep 1, 2020
Great job! Well done everyone. A wonderful entertainment with lots of my favourite numbers. Performers, technicians & creative team are all so talented. Good luck for all you do in the future.
Aug 26, 2020
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Aug 20, 2020
Well done to all involved, an excellent show and thoroughly enjoyed.
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