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THE EVERYMAN THEATRE JOINS UNITED INDUSTRY EFFORTS TO SAVE BRITISH THEATRE

The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham has joined other nationwide theatres, producers, noted industry professionals and industry governing bodies, UK Theatre and The Society of London Theatres, in urging the Government to support action designed to save our cultural institutions from ruin.

Following reports by Oxford University, which predict as many as 400,000 job losses, the organisations are uniting behind efforts to rebuild an industry reeling from the effects of enforced closures during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In an open letter to Chancellor, Rishi Sunak and Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden theatre professionals are advocating for the government to urgently consider investment which would sustain the creative and cultural workforce, support theatre’s recovery and safeguard the future of the theatre industry. The full text of the open letter is available here.

Locally, venues including the Everyman Theatre, The Playhouse, The Bacon Theatre, The Townhall are awaiting official guidance and timelines to allow for the re-opening of venues and the ability to welcome audiences back in a safe environment.

Mark Goucher, Chief Exec of the Everyman Theatre has said “the theatre will do everything possible to protect jobs here in Cheltenham. The Everyman employs over 100 staff and will continue to support them for as long as possible. British theatre will be greatly impacted by this crisis for a very long time.

Even with the recent announcement of the lifting of certain restrictions, and the reduction in distancing guidelines, theatres are still quite some way from returning to business. I would like to thank our customers for their support during this time and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible.”

The first step in the return of the Everyman Theatre will see the Café Bar opening for takeaway service from Tuesday, 23 June. Additionally, several productions which were originally scheduled during the enforced closure have been rescheduled for 2021 and the first newly scheduled performance by Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse has been announced for April 27 – 28, 2021.

For more information on supporting the Everyman Theatre and future plans visit everymantheatre.org.uk.

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Half Moon Theatre Live

Half Moon Theatre at Home – Live
Enjoy world-class theatre whilst we’re closed

Half Moon Theatre is offering families access to some of its content online. A selection of recent much-loved productions for young people will be made available free, for everyone over the coming weeks.

Every Wednesday a new production for young people will be made available online at www.halfmoon.org.uk/live, alongside access to backstage interviews, production photos and information about how the shows were created.

As a registered charity, we are especially grateful for any donations to Half Moon at this time so that in the future we will be able to continue offering young people vital access to the arts that may not otherwise exist.

NEW THIS WEEK    AVAILABLE NOW    COMING SOON

New this week:

Poster for Oh No, George!

Oh No, George (ages 3-8)
After its sell-out success at Half Moon Theatre in March, we’re thrilled to welcome back Oh No, George!, a delightfully playful tale about a dog who wants to be good, but just can’t resist temptation. Adapted from the award-winning picture book by Chris Haughton, this new show uses acrobatics, slapstick comedy and live music to bring George’s chaotic and joyful escapades to life. A Can’t Sit Still Theatre production.

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WATCH THE TRAILER

WATCH A REHEARSAL VIDEO

WATCH THE SHOW

Available now:

Butterflies (ages 3-8)
An uplifting tale of friendship and courage as three friends embark on an adventure to chase their butterflies away. Based on research into children’s anxiety, Butterflies will whisk you away on a journey of what makes you anxious and what we can do to understand, accept or overcome these feelings. A Tangled Feet and Half Moon co-production.

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Boys Don’t (ages 8-12 and adults)
What’s a boy to do? From the playground to the classroom, from home to the uncharted waters of online, boys learn that displaying their feelings is a no-no. But what happens to emotion that can’t be let out? Boys Don’t was nominated for Best Production for Young People aged 8+ at the Off West End Awards 2017.

A Half Moon Presents and Papertale production in association with Apples and Snakes (South East). This production was filmed and edited by Brighton Metropolitan College in partnership with Brighton Dome during the Brighton Festival.

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Need a Little Help (ages 2-7)
Based on the experiences of young carers, this moving and uplifting show explores what it means to look after someone else when you are young. In a playful and immersive space, the young audience help the performers look after each other, stepping into the shoes of young carers. A Tangled Feet and Half Moon co-production.

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PRIMARY SCHOOLS RESOURCE PACK

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Off the Grid poster

Archive Recording: Off the Grid (ages 13+ and adults)
Developed in partnership with young people, Off the Grid is an immersive play by David Lane that navigates a shocking and heart breaking human story through the underbelly of a hidden society. Follow Connor and Kelly over ten years and discover if their own tale is as hopeful as the fiction they’ve clung on to for their very existence.

Nominated for an OFFIE Award (The Off West End Theatre Awards) for Best Production For Young People Age 13+

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What Once Was Ours (ages 12+ and adults)
An immersive  show about identity and belonging. Katie and Callum couldn’t be any more distant and disconnected: different heritage, different cities, different opportunities. Except there is one thing they’ll always have in common: Dad. What happens when Callum suddenly turns up in desperate need of help?

What Once Was Ours won Best Production for Young People Aged 13+ at the 2018 Offies, the Off West End Theatre Awards. A Zest Theatre and Half Moon co-production.

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AUDIENCE REACTION

EDUCATION PACK

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When Spring Comes (ages 3-7)
Follow Adeel on his journey of discovery from summer into winter as he anticipates the coming of spring. A play about loss and rebirth, exploring the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. The production fuses Kathak and contemporary dance with live jazz music, against a backdrop of beautiful animation. Filmed at the Spark Children’s Festival. When Spring Comes is a wordless show.

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WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH VIPUL BHATTI

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CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE NEWS: Original
A Taste of Honey actress Frances Cuka – Shelagh Delaney’s original angry young teenage drama – has died aged 83

Michael Quinn in The Stage has reported on the death of Frances Cuka at the age of 83. He reported came to early and sensational attention as Jo, “the errant schoolgirl caught on the cusp of adulthood, in Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1958 and on Broadway in 1961.”

Frances was part of Joan Littlewood’s provocative company, notably appearing as Young Macduff in the previous year’s Macbeth.

He said: “She had been acting from the age of 12 and became a regular on BBC radio’s Children’s Hour. After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she was noticed by The Stage for her “scene-stealing 10 minutes” in Colin Morris’ Italian Love Story at Leicester’s Theatre Royal. The same year she appeared in the revue Reprise with Fenella Fielding in Edinburgh and on tour.”

The actress had a long career on stage, TV and film including, Katherine of Aragon in the star-studded Henry VIII and his Six Wives (1972) on TV and Mrs Bedwin in Roman Polanski’s 2005 film version of Oliver Twist.

For a review of a production of A Taste of Honey at the Alma in Bristol for Children’s Theatre Magazine visit
http://www.harrymottram.co.uk/childrens-theatre/reviews/

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CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE NEWS: Theatr Iolo’s video of Llygoden Yr Eira filmed during the 2019 tour

Theatr Iolo HQ said it has been a strange month, starting with the cancellation of the last few performances of Chwarae and postponement of our next tour, Owl at Home. The team have been busy working from home and starting to plan for when we can get back into venues, but in the meantime we’ve got lots to keep you busy at home. You can now watch a full video of Llygoden Yr Eira that was filmed during the 2019 tour.

They were disappointed when we had to postpone their tour of Owl at Home. But when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade right?

Theatr Iolo based in Cardiff. Website:https://www.theatriolo.com/

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My Great Giraffe” was co-produced with Bristol Old Vic in 2019

CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE News: Bristol Old Vic At Home’s  new online Family Arts Hub to show a “How to” video to make your own giraffe for the key workers.

This is a press release from Bristol Old Vic Theatre. 23 April 2020

While artists from Banksy to Sir Anthony Gormley are responding in their own way to the period of isolation, an artist and playwright in Bristol has been offering children across the city a way to support key workers through their own artistic endeavours.

Brook Tate is a writer and creator of children’s musicals – one of which “My Great Giraffe” was co-produced with Bristol Old Vic in 2019. “Martha” the live-size puppet proved such a hit, she became a familiar face in children’s hospitals and at events, championing her message of holding your head up high during difficult times, even when you may be feeling scared.Brook invited children to create their own Marthas for the Thursday evening Clap for Keyworkers, using Bristol Old Vic At Home’s  new online Family Arts Hub to show a “How to” video to make your own giraffe for the keyworkers.

“The response has been amazing” said Bristol Old Vic Engagement Director Lucy Hunt. “We’ve been working for the last few weeks to find ways to connect with young people across the city while the theatre is closed and our Family Arts Hub has proved really popular with families looking for resources to keep their children’s imaginations flourishing. “Brook kindly offered to gift Martha to the city in this way and we’re delighted to be able to help through our channel. Parents have been sending in Giraffes in all shapes and sizes. The first animals met virtually yesterday on Bristol Old Vic’s twitter stream. We’re hoping to have a herd of giraffe on every hilltop and high-rise in Bristol very soon!” More theatre and activities from Brook will be appearing on the Family Arts Hub soon.

To make your own giraffe, and to see what else the Family Arts Hub has to offer visit: www.bristololdvic.org.uk/at-home/family-arts-hub
To find out more about Brook Tate visit http://www.brooktate.com/about

For more Children’s Theatre news, views, previews and features visit
http://www.harrymottram.co.uk/childrens-theatre/ and also
https://childrenstheatrereviews.com/

Plus a 2015 interview with the Pegasus Theatre’s Jonathan Lloyd
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYOAyskrFGI

The BOV video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sVFU7Kc8Y0&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=PRESS%3A+Local&utm_campaign=b83ca7ce9b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_02_07_COPY_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8d8885ac76-b83ca7ce9b-13888693

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Half Moon Theatre at Home – Live
Enjoy world-class theatre whilst we’re closed

Half Moon Theatre is offering families access to some of its content online. A selection of recent much-loved productions for young people will be made available free, for everyone over the coming weeks.

Every Wednesday a new production for young people will be made available online at www.halfmoon.org.uk/live, alongside access to backstage interviews, production photos and information about how the shows were created.

Alongside our online shows, we are also celebrating National Poetry Month this April with a series of poems by some of our spoken word artists. Take a look at the video poems.

As a registered charity, we are especially grateful for any donations to Half Moon at this time so that in the future we will be able to continue offering young people vital access to the arts that may not otherwise exist.

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