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Yesterday in London - Trish Cooke - our patron at Alive And Kicking

And here they are at Trish Cooke's book launch yesterday. Alive And Kicking sends thoughts and hopes to the people of Dominica.

Two events in London

Coming up shortly ..... two London events for our patrons, Trish Cooke and Melvin Burgess at Alive And Kicking. At the Dominica High Commission tomorrow afternoon Trish will be introduced by the man who travels making plays and operas all over and who is shortly to move to Leeds with his lovely wife Rebecca - Martin Riley.
And on Oct 5 at 6.30. Melvin Burgess joins a panel at Waterstones on Piccadilly to celebrate his nomination for the Hans Christian Anderson Award.
We don't hang about you know!

Vikings and Victorians

Viking and Victorian Workshops
Martin Riley recently delivered workshops on the Vikings (year 5) and Victorians (years 3 & 4).

Over two mornings, pupils met Beowulf himself, became a part of his warrior band and explored Viking history, culture and mythology discovering the Eddas and Sagas, Middle Earth, Asgard and The Rainbow Bridge. Writing and performing their own dramas, they had the chance to work with award winning novelist and Viking expert, Melvin Burgess, who told them some brilliant tales as well as becoming Loki, the trickster god, who tried to win them over with his lies. The children weren’t taken in!

Martin took the children of St Philips back to the Victorian Workhouse. Unfortunately, they landed in the very workhouse described in Dickens’ Oliver Twist and made their escape only to take refuge in Sweeny Todd’s Barber’s shop where they get a very close shave indeed. In this drama adventure, the children learned about life for children in Victorian England. They learned how to make a pie with very few healthy ingredients with Mrs Lovatt, met Tobias, the snake oil salesman and became Victorian market traders. With the help of Lord Stokes from the Poor Law Reform Society, the children were instrumental in bringing justice to an unjust world.

Quotes: “I liked it because … it was full of drama, because it was really fun, funny and cool. When I acted characters out I felt like I was actually that character. I like Martin Riley because he is fun, exciting and joyful, because he acts out different parts in the story, because he brought it to life and it was filled with suspense and how he let us join in and we had to solve the mystery.”

Summer term news!

Busy couple of weeks for AAK. Lighthouse rehearsals this week mixed in with delivering Bottom of the Sea! Poor Phoebe's been doing both. Next week and the week after Lighthouse Island goes to Cookridge Holy Trinity in the very capable hands of Anthony Haddon and Phoebe Gann - Wait! No! Not Gann anymore but McDonald! Congratulations to Phoebe and Nathan who got married recently.

Summer term - Off we go!

And so into the summer term we go! Hope you're all well and not too full of chocolate following the Easter weekend.
Lot's happening this term, Bottom of the Sea, Lighthouse Island, Vikings Workshops and John still doing his research project with Leeds Beckett Uni. Also, a big welcome to Yu-Chen and Sarah, two students who will be joining us for research and work experience this term. Looking forward to working with you both and hearing your feedback and ideas on how we work.

Busy times

Busy week AT AAK this week. Luke Dickson has been a Genie in Richmond Hill Primary. John MEE and Anthony Haddon have been at St Philips with Marvelous Monarchs. As part our Parent Plus programme several parents joined the children John and Ant this week. Here's what they had to say about the experience: didn’t expect my little girl to be so confident. She started off shy but I didn’t expect her to join in so much. It was because of the way you were with her. You let them have their own imagination. You let her be happy in what she was doing. I didn’t think they would know as much as they did. Also, Luke and Martin have been hooking up to discuss this year's Christmas show! (Yes I know it's only March). Here's a pic from last year's rehearsals to wet you appetite.

Alive and Kicking 2017

Hello one and all from Alive and Kicking
Luke here, your new Artistic Director for the company.  Many of you may know we have a new Producer, Ammie Flexen.  It's a very busy time for AAK. We're hard at work reshaping the company at the moment and plannng projects that will take us trough the next 18 months... and beyond.
As well as that, this term we're in schools with Genie, Museum of Untold Stories and Bottom of the Sea! Did I mention we were busy?
We are also involved in a joint research project with Leeds Beckett University and Burley Woodhead CE Primary. Headed up by our very own John Mee no less.
Join us on Facebook to find out more!

The last AAK blog from me - John Mee

But there will be more coming from our new artisitic director, Luke Dickson and our new company manager, Ammie Flexen.
So. thanks for reading my kitchen table moments and toodleoo!

That was September!

Well - The Island for Horsforth Newlaithes (photo memory herewith) and the first of this year's runs of Genie are over and now on to Egyptians,Tales @ Twilight, Building Imaginary Worlds, The Woman At The Top Of The Mountain and Crime And Punishment before we launch into Santa and The Goblin Market. Our special miscellany! More info from our new company manager Ammie Flexen on 07961 941862

From September 6 onwards .....

Fresh out of the starting blocks at Alive And Kicking ..... The Island with Martin Riley and John Mee.
It’s autumn in the year 55 B.C. To the Romans it would have been The Year of the Consulship of Crassus and Pompey, to the Greeks, The 181st Olympiad Year 2 and to the Egyptians, The Month of Akhet in the last year of the reign of Berenike 1V. But, no matter what you call it, it’s the year that Julius Caesar invaded Britain!
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