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And we're off ....

..... at St Chad's In Headingley, Leeds ....  workshops for Years 5 and 6 to prepare for the first of the full day visits from Gawain and The Green Knight – an investigation into the medieval world in the story of Gawain and the creation of Knightly boasts of deeds daring and chivalrous.
And if you are anywhere near Pudsey next week you might hear the sounds of Martin, Kathryn and Luke preparing for a beheading match!

Won't be long now .....

.... before Gawain and The Green Knight and To The Bottom Of The Bottom Of The Bottom Of The Sea are on the road. And we are in the middle of building Santa And The Star Fruit which is on offer to primary schools as part of their Christmas celebrations. Would you like us to visit you? Let us know through the Contact page and we'll be in touch.

Santa And The Star Fruit - booking for December 2013

Our brand new Christmas show will visit Kirkgate Market Leeds on Saturdays Nov 30 and Dec 7, 14 and 21 plus visits to Christmas Wonder Leeds marquee on Briggate on Thursdays Dec 12 and 19.  Free admission and a chance to meet Santa.
Alive and Kicking Theatre Company Leeds present:
Santa & The Star Fruit - a Tasty Christmas Musical treat specially commissioned by Kirkgate Market.
Come along to Leeds Kirkgate Market with your kids and enjoy a totally free Christmas Treat. Last year Santa Sets his Stall Out was a great success. This year, Santa is back with his reindeer and he’s teamed up with Elvis The Elf and Bella Quinola, Fruit Seller and Singing Superstar, to bring you a Mini Christmas Musical, staged in a specially decorated Victorian Market stall.
Forget those tired feet for forty minutes and tune in to Santa and The Star Fruit, a brand new fun-filled story written and performed by multi award-winning entertainers and produced by Leeds Children’s favourite “Alive and Kicking” Theatre Company.
Follow the adventures of Little Bud and Victoria Plum as they try to save Fruit Salad City from Rotten Tomato. Sing along with Mamma Mango, take a trip to Pomegranate Planet and finally step into those big yellow boots and do a seasonal stomp with the fabulous Big Banana!
Afterwards the children will be able to chat with Santa and, who knows, there may be surprises!

Are you a fab singer?

Santa And the Star Fruit might need you. Watch this space.

Hello again

 ......... and off we go with the new school term. We'll be investigating where courage comes from, designing lighthouses, inventing a new Christmas mini-musical with Santa and The Star Fruit, diving into the depths of the ocean, facing Gawain's challenger, the horrific Green Knight, planning how to save the world and lots more.

Summer hols

Well nearly .....  what to tell you? Alive And Kicking is planning the autumn schedule for Gawain And The Green Knight, for Lighthouse Island and The Bottom of The Bottom of The Bottom of The Sea, and Emma is on with creating new designs. Martin is writing, thinking and planning a journey to the far north of the land. Luke and Carry are off on their hols, I'm having the biggest cup of tea while my fingers crash away with these words and what about you? Blog back if you would like to reply. If not - see you when we do.

A bit smelly!

Today Alive And Kicking Theatre Company tidied their rehearsal room! Interesting growths in the mugs in the sink! Luke and Kathryn nearly got sunstroke working The Museum Of Untold Stories in the outdoors of Leeds at the weekend and Steve Aal saw all the weekend performances! Now on with growing the 2013-2014 shows.

This weekend

MoUS and MoUSlets at Seacroft and Gipton Galas. Free entry!

A MoUSlets Thank You

Headingley Youth Music organisers have written to thank Martin for his MoUSlets at their Festival. The Leeds Inspired MoUSlets went down a storm. Here's what they say ......

"I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for your contribution to the Music Festival. It had a really good feel and it was lovely to see the kids getting stuck in to the stories :)

I really appreciate all the work you put into getting the sessions together - and I hope you'll be happy to do it all again next year!"

You can catch them at the Seacroft and Gipton Galas on July 6 and 7. Free entry

News of what was and what next

The Museum Of Untold Stories finishes its current school run and we say goodbye to Will Tristram who has been touring with the company in this second phase of MoUSing. Thank you  Will. The festival version with Luke and Kathryn will be at Seacroft and Gipton Galas on July 6 and 7 where it will be accompanied by MoUSlets, tale telling from Martin, describes MoUSlets as "two interactive and entertaining tales each lasting about 30-40 minutes, depending on how carried away we get.

Chanticleer and The Fox This is a fable from France, retold by Geoffrey Chaucer as The Nun’s Priest’s tale and now re-re-told by me. There’s a fox and a cockerel and a hen and a farmer called Marie and her daughter and a cow and a bee – and a whole lot more noisy characters. There’s a mouse in this story but it just squeaks a bit.
The Mouse who Jumped. This stars a little mouse in a big way. It is adapted from a Native American story about the travels an inquisitive and adventurous mouse who leaves Cheese-town on a journey of discovery to find the famous and fabulous Misty Mountain. It’s a mouse-changing adventure!"