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That was September!

Well - The Island for Horsforth Newlaithes (photo memory herewith) and the first of this year's runs of Genie are over and now on to Egyptians,Tales @ Twilight, Building Imaginary Worlds, The Woman At The Top Of The Mountain and Crime And Punishment before we launch into Santa and The Goblin Market. Our special miscellany! More info from our new company manager Ammie Flexen on 07961 941862

From September 6 onwards .....

Fresh out of the starting blocks at Alive And Kicking ..... The Island with Martin Riley and John Mee.
It’s autumn in the year 55 B.C. To the Romans it would have been The Year of the Consulship of Crassus and Pompey, to the Greeks, The 181st Olympiad Year 2 and to the Egyptians, The Month of Akhet in the last year of the reign of Berenike 1V. But, no matter what you call it, it’s the year that Julius Caesar invaded Britain!
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Nearly the summer hols .....

...back soon looking even lovelier than this but don't be afraid to ring or email if you would like to book our work or just to have a hello!

New artistic director

We are delighted to announce that, in addition to the recent appointment of Ammie Flexen as Company Manager, we now have Luke Dickson as our Artistic Director. He's the one with the beard.
 
Two really important moves for Alive And Kicking and two very exciting ones!
 
Meanwhile John Mee and Martin Riley will continue to work with the company in their new roles as Associate Directors which will enable them to be in support roles, to create and deliver work for the company and to be company ambassadors in schools and communty settings.
 
Hooray!

Hooray! Big News!

We’ve been busy for a little while but now part of the fruits of our work is an announcement …….. We are delighted to let you know that we have invited Ammie Flexen to take up the post of company manager and Ammie has accepted our offer.
Amongst a range of exciting freelance work Ammie is currently company manager for Tell Tale Hearts, a post that she is leaving this summer, so she has terrific background in our work, and she is great to be with as we found out in her interview.
Here she is pictured in the South Of France!!!! Ah no - should have been Watching the Tour de France .....

A huge thank you

.... to all the schools, children, teachers and families who have been part of our work in the school year now ending.
 
We are off into an exciting planning period, more news of which to come shortly.
 
Thanks from all of us - from those on the board, in the core company and our associates ..... 
 
Andrew, Anthony, Bill, Jackie, Jess, John, Kathryn, Liz, Luke, Martin, Peter, Phoebe, Richard and Stella - a bit of a gang!
 
...... and to our funders and supporters without whom .... well you know the rest!

Wow!

Congratulations to Alive And Kicking's patron Melvin Burgess who is in Hay today to receive a special lifetime award from the YA Book Prize and congratulations to Martin writer Riley who managed to get to the top of some hill or other in the Lakes earlier this week!

From kitchen table to school hall at Alive And Kicking

Brains abuzzin!???? hangin off the ceiling!±!!!

Here comes summer .... ?

And here we are at Alive And Kicking between The Woman At The Top Of The Mountain and the next round of The Bottom Of The Bottom Of The Bottom Of The Sea and from there on into Genie! The Meadowfield Primary project moves into its final phase with the associated CapeUK research report due to be published this summer.
We are about to launch next season’s portfolio which will see us working right across the primary school age range and on into a more consolidated approach to inviting families into every part of our programme. So we expect to continue to welcome small family groups into our school day pieces of Drama Together and much larger groups into after school Tales @ Twilight. 

Next season will include a huge range of established and brand new workshops that we have been researching with our teachers’ network along with established projects from our portfolio. School groups will be able to step into the world of The Vikings,The Victorians, The Saxons, The Romans and The Celts, World War Two, Marvellous Monarchs and Inventing Communities Together. 
Our residency at Kirkgate Market in Leeds will be re-established with Santa And The Goblin Market and more besides after the break during which their building has been undergoing refurbishment. We are hoping to bring more family work to the new performance area in the near future.
The Santa schools tour will open at the end of November so no wonder that we are in the process of recruiting a new company manager / producer!
And here’s what Mrs Flannigan, teacher at Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Leeds, thinks about Alive And Kicking …….
“I have discovered new ways of using drama and role play interaction in my classroom. I would love to work with you again!” 
 

 

Christmas news!!!!!

Hello and here’s some brilliant news ….
 
There’s time for you to get the shopping done, time for you to write the cards, time for you to look up how to use the left overs on Boxing Day because in 223 days time at Kirkgate Market Leeds you will be able to let yourselves go in the marvellous family entertainment of ….
 

Santa & The Goblin Market 
a merry, musical and magical one hour interactive Christmas Show, starring the magically talented, Luke Dickson as Tricksy Pixy, musical maestro Kathleen Yore as Scary Fairy, BAFTA nominated Martin Riley as Santa Claus and of course, the Goblin King - as himself!
 
Yes - Alive And Kicking have been invited back to the market and not only that Santa and The Goblin Market will be touring schools from November 27 onwards.
 
Quick - get it booked in your diaries!

 

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