Younger Generation
Theatre Group

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Ivy Salvage

President

I was involved with Younger Generation right from the start when my work colleague Frank Graves wanted to set up a stage group for South London children to get the chance to actually perform on stage.
My first job was helping in the dressing rooms, then later organising the care in all the dressing rooms.  
All the matrons in charge had to have police permits and getting that sorted was quite a task.
My next job was to help the cast registrar but she gave up after a short while and I was invited to take over.  I have to say it was a most enjoyable job, getting to know the names of all the children was difficult - there were always a few whose names remained elusive!  

Diane Rexstrew-Berry

Secretary/Costume Supervisor

Diane first got involved with Y.G. when her niece Trudy, who is this year’s director, auditioned for the first show in 1989. Diane first started dancing at the age of five with the Doris Holford Stage School in Morden, where she passed many examinations with the N.A.T.D & I.S.T.D. Examination Boards.
 In 2002 she organised a group from YG to take part in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Parade in The Mall. Costumes have now taken over her attic, front room and conservatory, in fact, her whole house is now one large storage area.

Keith Barrett

Vice President/Stage Director

I first joined YG in 1993 when we were celebrating our 5th show called “Fine and Dandy”. 
I have also been involved in many Scouting Gang Shows on lighting, sound and stage management. In 2013 I moved to the Isle of Wight and in recognition for my involvement with YG I was honoured to be asked to be Vice President. 
To give up YG totally was really hard so again for one week in August I will take my weeks holiday to come and share show week with you and be your Stage Director. Good Luck everyone!



Mike Berry

Treasurer/Business Manager

Like Diane and John, Michael has been part of YG since their first show.
His three grand-daughters have been in the YG cast.
He has also been a Trade Union treasurer and the Bingo Caller for his local Residence Association when he lived in Kingston.
For 12 years Michael was an electrician in the RAF and then after he was demobbed he worked for many years for RTS (Racecourse Tech Services) and then Serco in Kingston.

 

John Blundell, BEM

Chair Person/Fundraising & Publicity

I first got involved in YG through the South West London Gang Show when their Producer Frank Graves said that he was going to set up YG based on Gang show lines for youngsters only. My son Paul joined in the first year 1989 followed by his brother Mark a year later. Fund Raising combined with publicity having fun making it and saving it has always been of interest to me. I become involved with the 15th St. Pancras Scout Group 62 years ago and am now their Vice President. I was pleased and proud that in 2013 Her Majesty the Queen recognised all the people that volunteer to help make it possible for the youngsters to appear on stage by awarding YG The Queens Award for Volunteers.

Andrea Swaby

Parent Member

YG was recommended to me by a good friend of ours back in 2012. My daughter joined as soon as she was old enough and has taken part in every performance since; and I must add that she thoroughly enjoys
every aspect of YG. YG helps young people gain a voice; helps build excellent life skills; self confidence and the children’s personal development through enriching experiences. I myself have been personally
Involved, first as a Matron and then moving on to Matron Co-ordinator; Cast Registrar as well as
Committee Member. The drive and commitment of everyone participating is inspirational and I am
honoured to be involved albeit in a small way.

Teresa Borg

Parent Member

Three years ago I noticed an
audition poster for YG and I asked my daughter if she would like to join. Now she is in her third year and still loves it. I have enjoyed staying during rehearsals helping with refreshments and more
recently costumes alongside Diane. I have also been a matron for the last three years and witnessing the show from behind the scenes from the beginning to the end, the hard work and dedication of all involved is a real pleasure. This year I was very happy to be asked to join the committee. I hope to continue with my involvement with YG for many years.

 

Patricia Raduescu

Parent Member

My child joined Younger Generation Theatre Group in 2016 and ever since I got involved too and  tried to help all the production team and cast in any way I could  - from making tea/coffees, cast sign in, constantly looking on raising funds and also being one of their first aid person on site.

It is a pleasure and also an honour to be part of the committee group - YG is a noble cause, the children always have a place where they can express their artistic talents and to be supported as well as guided in their journeys and I am trying to be a supporter for it on a daily basis

 

Carol Oseman

Parent Member/Safeguarding Officer

My Daughter started YG in 2015 . I chaperoned backstage and have been involved ever since. I love seeing the children grow in confidence and am proud of all of them when they walk on to stage . This year I was asked to join the YG committee and to become safeguarding officer. I look forward to many years in YG family.