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Our Company Approach

Alive And Kicking is dedicated to making drama work which impacts on Primary Age children both within the curriculum and beyond. We work with children, parents, teachers and the wider community around the child to promote learning, enjoyment and community cohesion through the joint creation of dramatic worlds.
Alive And Kicking delivers high-quality interactive drama for primary schools within and beyond the creative curriculum. We create epic narrative journeys that explore complex moral and social issues and offer a cross-curricular and community focus. We are dedicated to making dramas that involve working with the children themselves and with parents, teachers and the wider community.
We are Artsmark registered, Arts Award Supporters and a registered Arts Award Centre
The challenges of contemporary society demand a relevant cultural response that works across ages, capabilities and social strata to affect, enable and extend the social and creative vocabularies of its audience and participants. To meet these challenges we have evolved the Alive And Kicking method, inspired by the drama improvisation of Dorothy Heathcote and the problem-based role-play of Sue Jennings. The Alive And Kicking method gives participants “the mantle of the expert”, and encourages creative freedom within clear supportive structures. We provide the basic narrative structure or situation and put the participants in the central heroic roles. They make the crucial decisions: they solve the problems. Working in a participative method allows us to invite our ‘audience’ to step into the story with us and experience it from different view points and encounter characters at crucial dramatic moments.
Our core company members are Luke Dickson and John Mee, supported by our producer Viv Hughes and our associate Martin Riley.
Viv comes to Alive & Kicking in her new freelance capacity having worked most recently as Senior Development Manager at Leeds Playhouse where she has managed a portfolio of projects ranging from a locally funded creative play project, a publicly funded older people’s outreach project and right through to a major 3 year community development project. Viv has been a core member of the Playhouse Creative Engagement team working primarily on strategic project development and associated fundraising. 
We have an experienced and energetic team of associated freelancers including actors, musicians, designers, arts administrators, dancers, film-makers and a forest schools practitioner.
We pay tribute to our dear friend and colleague, Carry Franklin who died recently. Carry was and will remain at the centre of so much of our work.
Our Board Of Trustees follow Carry who was chair in offering their careful and considerate outside eyes.