Actor David Morrissey launches his own charity

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Actor David Morrissey, currently starring in 'Macbeth' at the Liverpool Everyman, where he first began to tread the boards as a member of the youth theatre, will also be using his current sojourn in Liverpool as an opportunity to introduce his very own charity to a north-west audience.

The Creative Arts Schools Trust, or C.A.S.T, will be launched in Liverpool on Thursday, 9th June at FACT (The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) on Wood Street in Liverpool City Centre to an invited audience. It is hoped that the event will raise the funds necessary to facilitate the charity's projects for 2011 and showcase the work of David and his team with young people in some of the most deprived and troubled areas in the world.

The charity is an impartial organisation committed to bringing skills and new learning through creative means to areas that have no access to such provision due to war or natural disaster. The charity was set up by the Kensington-born actor after a visit to the Lebanon in 2009 in order to make creative opportunities available to children in areas such as these in the same way that drama helped transform his life as a teenager.

The teachers’ courses run by the charity 'give ordinary people the means to transform their classrooms into inspirational creative playgrounds of learning' according to CEO Emma Wee (herself a successful theatre designer and one of the charities chief workshop leaders) and the youth projects delivered by C.A.S.T give children the opportunity to work with some of the best artists from music, drama, design, movement and filmmaking to find their creative voice. Morrissey himself has made two films with young people in the Lebanon in his recent visits to the area which will be shown at the event on June 9th.

As well as hosting the event, Morrissey will be speaking about the charity, introducing his films and talking to guests individually about how their donations will assist in their work before hot-footing it up the hill to perform in Macbeth at the Liverpool Everyman which ends on June 11th. The hard working actor won't have long to recover from the gruelling weeks of rehearsal and performance however as his next trip to the Middle East with C.A.S.T will take place in July, and are also aiming to work in Sri Lanka and Bosnia.

You can now donate easily to CAST by text! Simply text ‘CAST11£10′ to 70070 and you will have given enough to pay for one teacher to take part in an hour’s training session that will help transform their students lives.

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