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Leeds Beckett University workshop

Lisa Stephenson writes ..... HUGE thank you for your amazing session with the MA Drama and Creative Writing students. Your brilliant and engaging  interactive sessions always demonstrate the complexity and mastery of drama theatre structures and the high quality of Alive and Kicking's work in schools and communities. Students always comment on the interactive and imaginative workshops which enhance their learning in so many ways.
 

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Calling all primary school teachers who want to use drama

On Tuesday 08thOctober 2019, National Drama are offering schools a half-day CPD workshop from 1.15-4.30 pm at:       Carr Manor Primary School, Carr Manor Road, Leeds, LS17 5DJ
National Drama is the largest national association for drama teachers and theatre educators. We recognise that there has been an absence of high quality drama CPD for primary teachers in recent times and so we are investing both time and resources to provide support for teachers to develop their skills and understanding of teaching and learning through drama. Drama provides children with opportunities to explore, engage and perform through a collaborative arts process. Drama is a subject in which children develop skills and knowledge simultaneously. During this CPD, teachers will experience a powerful pedagogy that will enhance their approaches to literacy, cross-curricular topics and social inclusion. Teachers will leave the CPD with resources and ideas that they can develop and implement in their own classrooms and school. 
 
The workshop will be facilitated by nationally-renowned practitioners Geoff Readman, Deborah Pakkar-Hull and Anthony Haddon, and is designed to introduce teaching strategies that will enhance learning through drama across the KS1 and KS2 curriculum.
 
The subsidised fee is £30.00 per teacher and registration can be made in the following ways:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/primary-drama-cpd-course-no-3-tickets-651...
The National Drama Website: http://www.nationaldrama.org.uk/cpd/cpd-events/
The link address: primary_initiative@nationaldrama.org.uk
 

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The company kitchen table meeting

Here's a moment from our recent company meeting around the kitchen table as ever! Primary school residencies, Santa and The Christmas Dragon, workshops, R and D for The Seven Hunters, sustainability, auditions .... you name it.

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Casting Call

Casting call. Please share far and wide:
Alive and Kicking – 30 years established Leeds Theatre Company looking for one strong and fearless female singer/physical performer/accompanist on accordion and/or banjo, playing age 18-35 to be the feisty Scary Fairy in our professional musical, interactive three hander 60min Christmas Show. “Santa & The Christmas Dragon”. Must have Leeds base. Driving license a plus. Rehearsal Nov 13th-30th in Leeds. Tour Dec 1st – 24th Leeds Market and local Schools, Week residence in Macready Theatre Rugby. Email info@aliveandkickingtheatrecompany.co.uk with attached C.V.

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The Flannan Isles - new A&K drama

 

Wow, so much coming up for AAK over the next year...
But for now we're very happy to report funding confirmed for our project The Seven Hunters. An 1895 story of lighthouses, mariners and adventure.

 

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Windrush events feedback

Great feedback ....  
 
It is always lovely to have visitors in school, but when you know it’s the Alive And Kicking theatre group coming in, you know it’s going to be something special.

The Windrush drama didn’t disappoint. Watching the children’s faces as they absorbed the drama around them was a picture itself. It’s good to read about the past in a book but to see it brought to life by Trish and Martin made it so much more real. 
 
From Trish reliving life in Dominica, to the boat journey full of promise and the repeated setbacks from Martin’s characters, we were all involved, wanting to know more: full of questions. 

The children couldn’t wait to talk to them, bombarding Trish and Martin with thoughts and feelings. Seeing history brought to life is a very emotive journey that Alive And Kicking took us as a class along, 
 
Thank you for bringing such an important part of our history alive.

Helen Whitaker
Year 4 teacher
Burley and Woodhead Primary School

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The Museum Of Untold Stories out and about

Great times with The Museum Of Untold Stories at Scissett.
 
Teacher Vikki Ward writes ... "Alive & Kicking gave our pupils a fantastic experience - easily accessed by all abilities - in fact, some of the least able writers were the most creative thinkers!
 
The performances were very professional and the children were absolutely spellbound (as was I!) from beginning to the end of the performance and workshop.
 
The experience is a complete package and offers a firm foundation from which pupils can subsequently write their own story.
 
A great afternoon of fun, creativity, entertainment and learning - what more could you ask for? The best afternoon we've had all year!"

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Luke Dickson in his bat cave

Luke's recording video resources to accompany the workshop version of The Cave. Here is his contemplation face!

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Leeds Child Friendly Awards

We were shortlisted and here we are at Leeds City Varieties. Well done Life Experience for winning.

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Another new part of our portfolio

Today it's my job to start planning for me and Luke to tackle fabulous Maurice Sendak's monsters.
 
Me as Granddad, Luke as 42 different monsters, the children as advisors in child development and parenting.

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