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! 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!


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!


Hey  …. Hello again   …. Yo …. Happy New Year and here, as promised in the dim and distant past before turkey no it wasn’t chicken yes it was time, is your very first AAKBlog for 2016.
Off we go back into Crowheart, on into Lighthouse Island, forward into The Bottom of The Sea, turning a corner into The Victorians, slipping through time and space into The Museum Of Untold Stories and they are all open for booking so please spread the word. Lots of info at
Luke has been scraping other people’s mud out of Kirkstall Valley after the Leeds floods, Martin has been bemoaning lack of IT access because of the York floods but at least he was sandbagged effectively, I have been getting ready to free Charles Brown from the FO from the last time he was in the cupboard, Anthony and Kathryn are warming up to face the waves (not an AAK ritual just an image from Lighthouse Island), Phoebe has been away for Christmas, Stella has been walking the dog and lovely she is too, and Emma has been painting furiously.
Welcome to new TWAAAKer Jill McMinn who offered us storage space in her garage before she saw how much we have got !!!!! And yes we are still looking.
Apart from that it’s all been quiet really.
Here’s a reminder of the moment before Kathryn turns into the Skipper in yellow fisherman’s gear. And hello to you all.

New company member search

We've been lookng for two new company members.
We've asked Phoebe Gann to join us and she has accepted our invitation. Hooray!
We are still looking for a male company member to join us as we develop further. Expressions of interest to our info email on the home page please.

The Bottom Of The Sea video link

Have a looksee .....
From Farsley Farfield Reception where we had a great time.

A whole family .....

Feedback from Bev Moore who has three children at St Chad’s collected by Martin Riley who has been St Chad's story consultant.
“I have 3 girls at the school in years 1,3 and 5.
They have all done work with Alive and Kicking and loved it.
The younger one especially – while it was on she really looked forward to going to school in the mornings and talked about it at home all the time. It’s really important and valuable these days when there’s so much push and grind, that children get a chance to do something creative."
Get that into the new curriculum!

Got to get to school .......

because .... here's the story from a Leeds school in the middle of Granny's Underground Garden.
“One of our children was late getting up this morning and his mam said he didn’t have to rush, she’d phone in sick for him. He had a chance for a day off, but he told his mam “no way”. The reason he was so determined to get to school was because he was doing a project with Alive & Kicking and he was desperate not to miss anything!”
That hits the spot!

There she was and now she's gone!

Aisling Baxter, student from Edge Hill University, has been with us for two weeks. Aisling writes:
"The last two weeks working with the Alive and Kicking Theatre Company has been an incredibly enjoyable experience but also a really good learning opportunity.  Everybody involved has been very welcoming and friendly,  I definitely felt like part of the team whilst I was there. 
The concept of taking the children’s ideas and making them part of the story is a great way of working.  It allows the children to fully immerse themselves in the story and want to find out where the story’s going.  It was lovely to experience the different range of ages too.  I could see how the older years really enjoyed the more physical and interactive parts whilst acting out the parts of Reece and Charlotte in Granny’s Underground Garden, in comparison to the little years who were focused and engaged as a whole for a surprising amount of time considering how young they are. 
I’ve had a fantastic two weeks with all the group and wish them all the best and a huge thank you.  I’d love to do something like this again in the future."
Bye Aisling!