THERE'S a change of personnel at the helm of a launch pad for young theatre makers.

After 13 years, BACStage teacher and facilitator Niki McCretton is stepping back as group leader.

Niki, also artistic director of Stuff and Nonsense theatre company and owner of the Lyric Theatre in Bridport, will remain involved with BACStage as mentor and advisor for new group leader and teacher Bryony Moores O’Sullivan.

Bryony is herself a former student of BAC Stage as well as a theatre practice graduate, musician and filmmaker. The students are excited to welcome Bryony, who will continue Niki’s legacy and also brings her own practice to the group, including an interest in puppetry and performance art.

Bridport Arts Centre would like to take this opportunity to thank Niki for the incredible work she has done with BACStage and to thank performer and volunteer Jenny Barratt for her hard work and support of this group.

Bridport Arts Centre’s multi-talented youth theatre ‘BACStage’ provides young people with the opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience as theatre makers and performers. BACStage has some very engaged members, but they are always looking for new members to grow and enrich the ensemble.

If you are 12 to 18 and looking for somewhere to test your skills, come and join them at 5.45pm on a Wednesday evening.