Top regional accolade for Berwick’s drama champ Wendy

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After 20 years’ service, The Maltings head of youth drama Wendy Payn has been awarded the title of Regional Youth Arts Champion by the English National Youth Arts Network (ENYAN).

Wendy’s youth drama classes at the theatre are regularly attended by over one hundred young people aged between four and 20 years old.

Under her leadership the group performs a variety of shows every year ranging from well-known productions of famous musicals and plays to performances of new scripts often written by Wendy herself.

Recently the youth drama groups have performed ‘West Side Story’,‘The Wind in the Willows’ and ‘Sweeney Todd’ – the latter of which enjoyed a sell-out run at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival.

Since 1990 Wendy has changed the lives of literally hundreds of young people from the area, building their confidence and ensuring they have a terrific time on stage.

When asked how she felt on hearing she’d won the award, Wendy said: “I was very surprised to win and I am looking forward to using this opportunity to further promote youth arts in Berwick-upon-Tweed and the surrounding area.”

As Regional Youth Arts Champion Wendy will act as a representative of ENYAN’s national network, helping at events and projects across the region, as well as making the case for more engagement with the arts by local young people.

“I’m delighted that Wendy’s outstanding contribution to young people’s lives has been recognised in this way,” said Dr Miles Gregory, chief executive of The Maltings, “and I hope that her appointment to this prestigious position will encourage young people in our community to participate in the arts even more.”

Watch out for Wendy’s latest creation ‘Murder At The Maltings’ which will hit the stage in February.