Doncaster teen who loves the theatre shares her experience of being young in a pandemic
This year has been disruptive for many but it’s effect on the youth population has been severe - from education, social life and mental health.
Imogen Thompson is a 14 year old from Edlington who loves the theatre.
“I’m really sad that they’re all closed at the moment,” she said.
“I feel bad for actors because this is their whole life.
“Theatre is such a big part of so many people’s joy.”
Imogen has always enjoyed the experience of going to the theatre and joined Cast’s Youth Theatre to develop her natural talents.
Recently she took part in a project with the National Theatre in collaboration with Cast.
Imogen and others recorded their own podcast called ‘Stories That Got Us Through.’
She said: “I loved being a part of making other people happy - I got some really great positive feedback from people who have listened so far.
“The story I shared was to do with the paranormal.”
As a teenager Imogen has experienced this year differently than many others.
This is a time in her life she should be enjoying with friends and making memories.
“It’s been hard,” she continued.
“I haven’t been able to see my friends other than on facetime but it doesn’t feel like we’re connected anymore.
“I’ve been stuck in my house but I want to be out having fun.”
Education has also been a struggle for Imogen this year with the anxiety of home learning.
Imogen said: “I honestly can’t believe it’s been a whole year of Covid-19.
“It’s shocking to think that this time last year we we’re about to go into lockdown for the first time.”