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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.

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.

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.


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

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!"