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In a partnership project between Norwich Youth for Christ, Oak Grove Community Church and Meadow Way Chapel, young people performed drama, dance, music and film work to combined audiences of over 170 people last week.

Merry Christmas, a Family’s Journey’ tells the story of a family asking the question, what is Christmas all about? Nick Blanch, director of NYFC said “so often Christmas is such a busy period, we can forget why we do the things we do. We wanted to bring a positive message about Christmas and do it in a funny way.

22 young people filled the main roles in the play with ore young people behind the scenes organising props, costumes and lighting. Merry Christmas was performed at Meadow Way Chapel and Catton Grove Primary School on December 5 and 6.

Sarah Ballard, NYFC youth worker who headed up the project said “the young people were amazing. Their hard work, fun and laughter made it a huge success.”

One young person involved in the project rated the experience as 10,000 out of 10, saying “it was fn and amazing!” whilst another said “I met some really awesome people and everyone worked so hard.”

Audience members stated it was “absolutely wonderful” and a number enjoyed it so much that they came to both performances.

On the back of the production NYFC are planning to launch a new music group called The Jam in January, delivered by Sarah Ballard and Ben Lawrence. ben said “its’s going to be a broad music group for anyone of any ability to join, and each term we will have a focus such as writing and recording a song or putting a concert together.”

More information on Norwich Youth For Christ can be found on their website by clicking here.

The picture shows the young people performing 'Merry Christmas, a Family's Journey."

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