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Arts training academy for local young people at Udderbelly on South Bank

22 young people from Lambeth and Southwark are getting the rare opportunity to gain a practical and direct insight into all aspects of running a performance venue thanks to the Training Academy set up by Udderbelly and the Southbank Centre.

Arts training academy for local young people at Udderbelly on South Bank

The 16-20-year-olds are working side-by-side with Southbank Centre and Udderbelly staff in a six-week course covering box office, front of house, technical, producing, artist liaison, marketing and press.

At the end of the course the participants will present their own production in the E4 Udderbelly for their friends and family.

The Lambeth and Southwark residents have been selected through local youth group SE1 United which is now based in the Spirit Level at the Royal Festival Hall.

The Training Academy will also offer five participants the chance to join the Underbelly team at the Edinburgh Fringe in August.

E4 Udderbelly, a 400-seater arena theatre in the shape of a purple upside down cow, is grazing at the Hungerford Car Park next to Jubilee Gardens until 19 July.

The venue narrowly won planning permission from Lambeth Council last month amid renewed calls from community groups for the car park to be turned into a permanent extension of Jubilee Gardens.

The purple cow houses an eclectic programme of music, comedy, theatre, children's shows and circus.

The cow is surrounded by an AstroTurf 'pasture' with heated and covered tables and deckchairs.

The pasture is open daily from midday and offers free wifi so it's the ideal place to work (or pretend to work) on summer afternoons.

Burgers, salads, sandwiches and bacon butties are available at the Grazing Station whilst ice cream, milkshakes and coffee come courtesy of Cow and Coffee Bean.

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