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Santa's Grotto

.... at Kirkgate Market Leeds .... don't miss it .... your last chance today, Christmas Eve

Still a chance to see...... Santa And The Christmas Dragon

Bring the family! It's free and fabulous.... Leeds Kirkgate Market today Sunday Dec 22 and  tomorrow Monday Dec 23 plus appearances in Santa's grotto on Christmas Eve.

And off we go

And off we go with Santa And The Christmas Dragon.
Wait till you see Scary Fairy and the dragon! Macready Theatre Rugby week beginning Sunday December 8 and Leeds Kirkgate Market December 14, 21, 22, 23 and more in the Market's Christmas Grotto.
We're in lots of primary schools too. Contact aliveandkicking@ntlworld.com for more details.

An invitation .....

Hey .... You are all invited to Santa And The Christmas Dragon at Leeds Kirkgate Market and the Macready Theatre Rugby .... details on the home page.

Off into rehearsals

Off into rehearsals with Sally Ann  Staunton, Luke Dickson and Martin Riley.
Catch the show at Leeds Kirkgate Market on 
Saturday Dec 14 1100 and 1400 Saturday Dec 21 1100 and 1400 Sunday Dec 22 1100 and 1400 Monday Dec 23 1100 and 1400
and at The Macready Theatre Rugby from December 8 to December 13
For booking information ring 0113 295 8190



Here's our Scary Fairy for this Christmas

A quick profile -  Sally Ann Staunton is joining us for Santa And The Christmas Dragon. She's our newest company member so here's what she says .....
Cumbrian born and bred Sally knew her biggest adventure would be leaving her home town of Barrow-in-Furness after training to tour the country and the world as an actor musician. Not only is she a fairy in this show but she is also a fairy in Yorkshire otherwise known as Fairy Peaseblossom so her magic sparkle keeps on giving....
After training at University of Central Lancashire Sally has performed with several theatre companies as an actor-musician including Interplay Theatre, Tutti Frutti, SparkArts, Tall Stories, Derby Theatre, Slunglow to name but a few. She is delighted to be working with Alive & Kicking as not only are they a Leeds company where she is based but the market is her second home. You can't keep her away from the cockles ! 
Sally will be joining Luke Dickson as Tricksy Pixie and Martin Riley as Santa himself.
Santa And The Christmas Dragon is at Leeds Market on Saturdays from December 14 and at The Macready Theatre in Rugby from December 8 until December 13.


And off we go at Barwick-in-Elmet

All the children at Barwick-in-Elmet Primary School have already met Charles Brown from the Foreign Office when he rudely interrupted their assembly to tell them to get ready to meet the King of Mangrovia, Goldilocks' next door neighbour, Prometheus, Caesar, the Scottish king and his wife and many more.
Tomorrow the school staff will meet some more of Alive & Kicking's Primary School portfolio as part of their training day.
Watch this space!

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.

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:
The National Drama Website: http://www.nationaldrama.org.uk/cpd/cpd-events/
The link address: primary_initiative@nationaldrama.org.uk

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.