The Old Courts is much more than just a venue – we are an organisation who are passionate about helping emerging artists to improve their skills, showcase their talents and connect with the community for a wider audience. Who is Sammy Holden?

Sammy Holden is a twenty-seven-year-old Film Producer who started volunteering at The Old Courts in 2017. She graduated from The University of Central Lancashire in 2013 after studying Film Production. As well as continuing to collaborate with The Old Courts, she has gone on to study for her PGCE at Edge Hill University and is due to graduate later this year.

How did The Old Courts support Sammy as a volunteer?

Sammy Holden first joined The Old Courts as a volunteer when we were recommended to her by an existing volunteer. She initially began work as a volunteer in The Isherwood Gallery and at many other events, from theatre productions, to gigs and ticket sales.

We asked Sammy how she felt about the support The Old Courts gave her while she was volunteering with us: ‘The Old Courts is a very comfortable place to volunteer, I always feel safe and supported and the level of communication is always top notch. I have never felt that there wasn't anybody there to support me whenever I've been looking for help. I believe that I began volunteering at the right time. It was through this volunteer work I gained the confidence to go into teaching which is going to become my career. As well as this, having a connection with the Courts allows me to work on different projects constantly, which I find very valuable as a showcase of my skills.’

How have The Old Courts continued to support Sammy?

Sammy then went on to advance from a purely volunteer role, to shadowing another artist, Megan Porter, on her Play in A Day event which was hosted at The Old Courts. This is a great example of The Old Courts supporting artists by introducing them to other artists and helping them expand their network.

We asked Sammy to tell us a little about her experience with Play in A Day: ‘Meeting Meg during Play in A Day meant that I forged a connection with her which then led to working with her on The Young Courts theatre project and with Film in A Day. The young people attending were all very enthusiastic and the planning of the day meant that it went off without a hitch. All attendees seemed thrilled to present their work to their friends and family’