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Luke Dickson in his bat cave

Luke's recording video resources to accompany the workshop version of The Cave. Here is his contemplation face!

Leeds Child Friendly Awards

We were shortlisted and here we are at Leeds City Varieties. Well done Life Experience for winning.

Another new part of our portfolio

Today it's my job to start planning for me and Luke to tackle fabulous Maurice Sendak's monsters.
Me as Granddad, Luke as 42 different monsters, the children as advisors in child development and parenting.

Update .....

Here's what Alive & Kicking is up to ... two whole primary school year long residencies, R and D for a new year 5 and 6 piece (contact us if you would like a no charge visit as part of the R and D), publication of our Carey Philpotts research into school and family work, visits from Leeds Beckett University MA students, planning ahead for our next Christmas piece, Santa and The Christmas Dragon and much more.

A new piece for Years 5 and 6 takes off

"We seemed to stand for an endless while, 
Though still no word was said, 

Three men alive on Flannan Isle, 
Who thought, on three men dead.""

This week we begin the R and D for a new Year 5 and 6 piece centred on The 1900 mystery surrounding The Flannan Isles.
"Though three men dwell on Flannan Isle 
To keep the lamp alight, 
As we steered under the lee, we caught 
No glimmer through the night."
Thanks to Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, Burley and Woodhead Primary School and the Northern Lighthouse Board.


Santa on tour ....

Here's what Debra Wilson from Springwell Primary in Leeds says ...... We had a lovely morning with Santa and the Goblin Market yesterday.
It was such a  lovely experience for all our children and staff.

Santa is up and running!

Rehearsals over, van collected, set checked, songs brilliant, cast fabulous .... Scary Fairy really friendly, Trixie Pixie knows a thing or two, Santa is ... well Santa and the Goblin King is waiting to have his heart of stone melted ... only you can do it!
Saturday 8 December - Leeds Kirkgate Market all day – residence – not a performance - come and meet Santa, Trixie and Scary
Saturday 15 December - Leeds Kirkgate Market 11.00 am and 2.00 pm
Saturday 22 December - Leeds Kirkgate Market 11.00 am and 2.00 pm 
Sunday 23 December - Leeds Kirkgate Market 11.00 am and 2.00 pm 
Monday 24 December - Leeds Kirkgate Market  11.00 am and 2.00 pm 
Lots of primary schools too .... so if you would like to visit a school with us please ring us first. 07710 514585‬

Santa and The Goblin Market - Booking now for Christmas 2018

Here's a fab video message from Santa.
Santa's Coming to Town!.mp4

A new version of Lighthouse Island

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves that we find in the sea
e e cummings
And here we go straight away after half term with a new development of Lighthouse Island for Key Stage 2 children, their teachers and families.
We become the people of an island who make their living from the sea and face the dangers it brings. 
When the one-hundred-year wave comes, it destroys the lighthouse and takes Old Tom’s courage away with it. We islanders have huge task on our hands.

The Christmas show for the whole school and families.

Here's a glimpse of Santa And The Goblin Market ... schools, adventure playgrounds, Leeds Kirkgate Market, community venues, back yards, church halls, street parties ... you name it, we are up for it!
We open on December the first and go right through until Christmas Eve.