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Sheffield Theatres Bill Kenwright’s Blood Brothers Mon 16 Feb – 28 Feb 2009 Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax Events in half-term week A special session of its Write To Record and Youth Theatre workshops. They have run at Square Chapel for a number of years and Youth Theatre is being relaunched at Easter. The special sessions are targeting young people who have never been to the workshops before. It involves the following: Youth Theatre: Weekly workshops for 11 to 19 year olds who want to have fun while learning serious dramatic techniques and acting methods. The Youth Theatre aims to put on at least one production a year, so join now for a chance to tread the boards at Square Chapel. Write to Record: Continuing the successful workshops for aspiring songwriters and musicians aged 13 to 19, this is the place to be for tips on music making, from chord progressions to melodies. There’s also an opportunity to produce digital and analogue recordings of your songs. The theatre is also doing a behind the scenes tour for a group of young people - they will find out about lighting, sound, selling tickets etc. It will be releasing 100 free tickets for Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! which is a children's show on Sunday 22 February. This will be publicised through the local press only. The week will coincide with the launch of the Young Friends and Volunteers Schemes. The theatre already has regular volunteers and Friends schemes. The new scheme for young people will hopefully attract more youngsters to support it. Hull Truck Theatre Unfortunately, the week of the launch is the first of its dark weeks (the theatre has a new building opening in late spring, supported by £4 million of lottery funding through the Arts Council ). The first time the new scheme will be implemented will be in the brand new theatre. West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds The Hounding of David Oluwale 31 JANUARY 2009 TO 21 FEBRUARY 2009: COURTYARD THEATRE Based on Kester Aspden’s award winning book, Oladipo Agboluaje brings David Oluwale back to Leeds to tell his story, face to face with the Scotland Yard Detective charged with investigating the case. Othello 14 FEBRUARY 2009 TO 14 MARCH 2009: QUARRY THEATRE Lenny Henry plays Othello in a play where love, racism, jealousy and desire are the emotional core of Shakespeare’s monumental tragedy, a tender love story shattered by one man’s obsessive hatred of another. A Northern Broadsides production. West Yorkshire Playhouse First Floor project Sat 14 Feb – Open Day Anyone aged 12 – 19 can come to look round First Floor, find out more about it, and join in a performance or arts workshop. Thurs 19 Feb – Singing with Sophie Jennings An introduction to singing through different fun vocal exercises to a range of popular music. Performing Arts Project: A fun and creative two-day course which will comprise performing and visual arts. The course will take place on 16 & 17 Feb or 19 & 20 Feb. The cost is £2. York Theatre Royal A week of activities to launch A Night Less Ordinary Tuesday 17 February 11am - 3pm Graffiti art workshop Max 10. 11+ age range Wednesday 18 February 11am - 3pm Graffiti art workshop Max 10. 11+ age range Thursday 19 February 11am - 3pm Graffiti art workshop Max 10. 11+ age range Friday 20 February 10am - 1pm Sign up Open to all under 26s Friday 20 February 10am - 1pm Giant games morning Open to all (under 11s must be accompanied) Max 30 young people. Targeted at over 8s Friday 20 February 10.30 - 11.30 Backstage tour (under 11s must be accompanied) Max 30 young people. Targeted at over 8s Friday 20 February 11.45 - 12.45 Backstage tour (under 11s must be accompanied) Saturday 21 February 11.15 - 11.50 Kidstory 100 seats available for 3+ and families Saturday 21 February 10am - 1pm Sign up Open to all Saturday 21 February 10am - 1pm DJ workshops Open to all - targeted at over 11s Max 30 young people. Targeted at over 8s Saturday 21 February 10.30 - 11.30 Backstage tour (under 11s must be accompanied) Max 30 young people. Targeted at over 8s Saturday 21 February 11.45 - 12.45 Backstage tour (under 11s must be accompanied) Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds A free day of events on February 16 to launch ‘A Night Less Ordinary’. The Carriageworks is giving the opportunity to 13-26 year olds to participate in theatre workshops, see the hilarious Potted Pirates, meet the cast after the performance and get a backstage tour – all for free! The event will see workshops on making scenery, props and theatrical role play to get an idea of what it’s like to work in a theatre. Participants will then see Potted Pirates for free – with delightful double act Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner telling tall tales of the seven seas, from Long John Silver to Blackbeard. They also promise a full-scale re-enactment of the Spanish Armada! And the completely free experience concludes with an opportunity to meet the cast from Potted Pirates and a back stage tour of The Carriageworks. Potted Pirates 16 February 2009 After the hilarious success of Potted Potter, delightful double act Dan and Jeff return with this new compressed caper. In search of talking parrots and mysterious buried treasure, they’re swapping wizards for walking the plank and trading Hogwarts for the high seas. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 18-19 February 2009 When, one New Year’s Day, festivities at the court of King Arthur are interrupted by the arrival of a mysterious Green Knight, and thrown into confusion by the extraordinary challenge he lays down, nobody, least of all the fearless Gawain, is prepared for the terrifying consequences of taking the supernatural stranger at his word. The Lamproom Barnsley During the week commencing 16 February 2009 it is holding an 'Open Theatre' week. Between 10.00 am and 2.30 pm each day the Box Office and Theatre will be open for young people interested in participating in the scheme to call in and register their interest. It will take details of anyone who wishes to register and put them on its database. This means that when they come to book tickets in the future under the scheme the theatre does not have to obtain proof of age again. If they wish to have a look around the theatre they will be able to do so, but the week is aimed primarily at registering as many young people as possible and advising them of the productions that they can attend for the Spring/Summer season. Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe Activities for Launch Week - Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd February All days will have an exhibition from relevant organisations (including the Plowright Theatre) that work with young people and in particular in relation to performing arts. Participants include the Performing Arts Departments from North Lindsey College and John Leggott College, Jopsox (Junior Operatic Society), Rising Stars amateur youth theatre group, Voluntary Action (youth section), Scunthorpe Youth Theatre, North Lincolnshire Council Rural Touring. Young people will be able to talk to representatives from these organisations and found out how they can get involved in the performing arts whether by working as a volunteer at the Plowright, joining one of the groups or enrolling on an appropriate course at the colleges. All days will have workshops taking place on stage - these will be led (on different days) by North Lindsey College, Pocket Panto, Jopsox, and Scunthorpe Youth Theatre. On Friday evening 20th, there will be a performance of 'Goldilocks and (the revenge of) The Three Bears' performed by Rising Stars. On Saturday evening 21st, there will be a performance of excerpts from different musical shows performed by Jopsox.
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