Leeds Children's Theatre make the front cover, plus editorial (by Mikey Lockwood, images I Cornick)
Saturday Workshop will increase from £1.50 to £2 from February 2015. Please bring the correct change with you!
There will be no workshop on 4 April (Easter weekend) as the theatre is going to be closed.
Important Update re the Leeds Children's Theatre Reunion:
We are rescheduling the reunion. It will now take place during our November 2015 production (on Saturday 21st). This is in part to enable members and guests who have younger children to attend a performance on the Saturday as well as joining us for our celebration bunfight. We will also look into arranging a bar extension for our older members and guests.
I hope this change of date doesn't cause too much inconvenience - please contact me if you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the reunion. Many thanks, Karen (Chair. Leeds Children's Theatre)
Happy New Year to all of our members, past members and supporters.
It's amazing to think of Leeds Children's Theatre being so old, but it's true. The society was started in 1935 as part of Leeds Arts Centre before 'independence' in 1940, and has been going ever since (with the exception of the War years when it was temporarily suspended). It's unlikely that there are any surviving original members, but if you know differently then please let us know. We are planning a little reunion, so please get in touch if you spent time as a member of the society. We'd love to hear from you. Thank you
An ongoing project for the society is to building our online archive - visit it here
Random Fact No1
Did you know that Leeds Children's Theatre was one of the first Guild societies to have it's very own website. Way back in October 1999 we registered our domain name and managed to cobble together a small site using Dreamweaver software. These days we use Weebly and host our various Leeds Children's Theatre websites with GoDaddy.
I wonder what changes will be made in the next 15 years ...
Leeds Children's Theatre
Leeds Children's Theatre Archives 1935-
The Diary of Anne Frank production website (March 2015)
The Railway Children production website (November 2014)
We have received our four Guild adjudications ...
Very good indeed. A familiar story, re-told with charm. The show seemed to captivate its young audience and all the adults I have spoken to since have had nothing but praise for this production. Front of house staff were welcoming, and we had the added bonus of a free programme!
Congratulations, Leeds Children's Theatre, on your very successful production of The Railway Children. (CL)
This was by far and away the best show I’ve seen Children’s Theatre do in a long time. There have been some good shows, and some okay shows, but this was a great show. It all came together and worked well. There were some minor things that couldn’t be helped – for the landslide you could still see people behind the baskets, even though they ducked, but it didn’t matter. The audience were focused on the train. There was a good buzz in the theatre at seeing a classic retelling and I left thinking it was a good night out. Well done to Leeds Children's Theatre, it was a great show. (DW)
What a wonderful evening. The theatre was packed with children, many of whom were probably experiencing live theatre for the first time and they were hanging on every word. I’m sure a production of this calibre will inspire many of them to see another show or even to become involved themselves. Well done Leeds Children’s Theatre, you were FAB-U-LOUS! (JS)
The train at the end of the first act was a wonderfully memorable moment and the production was very engaging. I truly enjoyed this show and would like to thank everyone involved. (LT)
We are rescheduling the reunion. It will now take place during our November 2015 production (on Saturday 21st).
Advance notice of our 80th Anniversary Reunion, which will be at the bunfight during The Diary of Anne Frank on Saturday 28 March 2015. Past members of the society are encouraged to contact us, as we may not have your latest address or email details. More information to follow, but put it in your diary NOW!
Congratulations to past Leeds Children's Theatre member Angela Griffin who has joined the cast of ITV's "Lewis"
DEADLINE - 29 August, 5pm
The Department for Education is seeking views on proposals to change the limit to hours that children can take part in performances and the breaks they must have.
The government has been asking for young people and their parents to comment on proposals to the legislation that limits to time that children can take part in performances & the breaks they must have. Your chance to take part runs out this Friday, so please go to the website and consider filling in their short questionnaire.
"They would welcome your views on these proposals and are particularly keen to hear from child performers and their parents, as these proposals will have such a direct impact on children’s opportunities and performance conditions." (NODA)
" The Department for Education is consulting on proposals to change the limits, which are set out in regulations, to the hours that children can take part in performances and the breaks they must have. We are proposing to replace the current complex rules with a simple framework that will apply to all types of performance that need licensing. We would welcome your views on these proposals. We are particularly keen to hear from child performers and their parents, as these proposals will have such a direct impact on children’s opportunities and performance conditions."
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