I DID IT!
On Sunday 24 April 2016, I ran the London Marathon with over 30,000 others and I still can't quite believe it. It hurt a lot (my gosh did it hurt), but seeing YMTers, family and friends cheer me on was totally worth it. It took me 5 hours 21 minutes 15 seconds and I ran the entire thing!
I want to say a massive thank you to everyone for their kind words, support and donations! It has been an incredible experience, which I thankfully don't ever have to do again - although it was quite surreal running in between and Rhino and a Light House...
Together we've managed to raise over £1,500 so far for the YMT Bursary Scheme, which is absolutely amazing (so thank you!). Donations can still be made here (any contribution is so greatly appreciated).
My wonderful YMT family (Lara, Hannah, Simon, Jon, Sophie, Me, Diana and Anna).
The floor is my friend.
ONLY 2 DAYS TO GO... ARGHHHHHH!
I can't believe there are only two days to go until the big day! It only seems like yesterday that I was squeezing into my running tights (base layers? Whatever they're called...) and hobbling around Clapham Common.
I went to register at the ExCel centre earlier and got my goody bag (yay) and there were hundreds of people all cheery and excited, which was nice to see. I've got one little run tomorrow and then that's it! I'll be joining over 30,000 other fools to run 26.2 miles of London (probably in the rain too...).
A monumental thank you to everyone who has donated so far, we've managed to raise over £1,000 and contributions are still rolling in. Keep 'em comin'! YOU CAN DONATE HERE.
You can also track me on the day (bit stalkerish, but hey) by downloading the App! My number is 52375! We'll also be live tweeting on the day, so make sure you're following us on @ymtuk!
Thanks again to everyone! Anything you can spare really is amazing and goes a long way to helping young people in the arts. DONATE NOW! http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiser...
We chat to Urdang graduate and YMTer Adam Cooper about his time in the YMT Company!
My YMT experience has been extraordinary. I’ve done three projects: Missing Mel (2008) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then London, Chosen Room (2009) and Song For Eurydice (2010), all of which were completely different and gave me totally different experiences. After that I went on to being an Assistant for Mort and then a choreographer for a Summer Skills Course!
Adam in Song for Eurydice (2010)
Do you still keep in contact with any YMTers?
Yes I do! A lot of people have continued on into the industry and it’s so good seeing so many talented people being successful in this field and knowing that they are all genuinely lovely people too. YMT friends really stick with you after that intense two-week experience.
Why should people get involved with YMT?
Because it’s enormous fun! Plus you end up learning so much about yourself and your craft at the same time. If it wasn’t for YMT, I wouldn’t have applied for musical theatre colleges, I wouldn’t have seen the things I’ve seen and I wouldn’t be living in working in Germany now. It really opened my eyes to this industry as a career choice. Just go for it. If you hold back that’s what you’re going to regret.
What would your dream role be?
I’d love to be in Cats, Singing in the Rain or Mary Poppins. I absolutely love the dancing in those shows.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Legally Blonde and Sister Act - all musicals that were my favourite when I first came to London. They’ve really stuck with me. All cheesy but with a great heart.
What/who should young people research in the arts?
Matthew Bourne company. If young people haven’t heard of this company I seriously recommend it. Watching Edward Scissorhands for the first time when I was younger was such a turning point for me and let me see dance in a whole new light.
Working abroad I find that I’m just crazy British comforts. Yorkshire Pudding or a simple Toad in the Hole go down a treat when you’re missing home.
Some place new that I can explore! I’ve been lucky enough to see many places previously working as a dancer on a cruise but I still need to cross Japan and China off that list.
THE most important question: Scone (as in stone) or Scone (as in gone)?
Scone as in gone when I’m not thinking about it. If i’m doing my best Downton Abbey it would be Scone as in stone.
A huge thank you to Adam for taking the time to answer our questions - have a read of interviews from other YMT Alumni!
23 Days To Go!!!
Wow... the date is creeping closer and closer and I'm starting to feel a little bit nervous. I got my information pack through the post and I've got to go and register to collect my sticker and goody bag (oooooooo). The weather's starting to look up (apart from Storm Katie last weekend, which wasn't great fun...) so hopefully the drizzle will stay away. As someone who has never run before - I'm more of a binge-watch-Netflix kinda guy - training so far has been a pretty tough challenge and muscles are aching in places I never knew existed! I've got an 18 mile run tomorrow, which will be my farthest distance to date - so fingers crossed!
We've also just reached the £500 mark with donations so thank you so much to everyone who has donated and also thank you for your kind words! Any amount you can donate is really amazing and goes to YMT's Bursary Scheme, allowing us to provide opportunities for young people regardless of their background. DONATE HERE.
(What I think I look like...)
Also, if you're around on the day (Sunday 24 April), then you should definitely wear your YMT t-shirt (or make a sign!) and we'll all try and meet up somewhere!
Once again, thanks so much to everyone who's donated so far - keep 'em coming! DONATE HERE.