Youngsters are helping to shape the future of Alnwick Playhouse by coming up with ideas for youth programmes.

And to help celebrate this, young people from Northumberland have been busy planning a day of arts activities for their peers.

The event, which takes place at the Playhouse on March 30, will feature a whole host of activities, from drama to dance.

Theatre manager Jo Potts believes the youth art day marks a turning point in the Playhouse’s history.

She said: “We want to put young people at the core and this is the big start-up of it.

“We’ve loved having young people in the building, their ideas are fantastic and we are 100 per cent committed to taking their ideas on board for our future programming.”

Those attending the event are urged to come and try out the art forms on offer and share their ideas to help shape events at the Playhouse in the future.

People can drop in on the day to take part in taster workshops or sign up for more in-depth workshops, such as script writing and physical comedy. There will also be a flash mob in the auditorium at noon, led by Annie Rigby, Unfolding Theatre, and Emma Dunn from Dansformation.

The flash mob will be a first for Alnwick Playhouse.

Claire Newton, youth arts projects manager, said: “It’s been completely inspiring to work with such a vivacious group of young people, they have literally thrown everything into planning the day and it marks a real turning point for youth programmes at Alnwick Playhouse”.

The Youth Network Arts Day had been made possible with funding from Bridge North East.

The youth art day takes place from 11am to 3pm. All are welcome, and the recommended age is 12 and over.

For more details about the Youth Arts Day, call Claire on 07968 362141 or email Claire_Newton@me.com, or call the Playhouse on 01665 510785 or email Jo at jo.potts@alnwick playhouse.co.uk