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Theatre Centre

Theatre Centre creates inspirational live theatre that reflects, celebrates and explores the worlds and experiences of children and young people in our increasingly diverse society. The company commissions new plays and tours to schools, studio venues and middle scale theatres. Our funding supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £340,000
  • 2013-2014: £347,820
  • 2014-2015: £356,863

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I, Caliban Extracts - Company of Angels

Short extracts from I, Caliban one of three shows from Company of Angels fairymonsterghost series directed by John Retallack, written by Tim Crouch. Events on Prospero's island as viewed by Caliban, a puppy-headed monster alone on the island at the end of The Tempest, alone with his memories, his magic tricks and one last bottle of wine. I, Caliban is a sweet and sorry tale about injustice, inebriation and missing your mum. After successful tours of venues and schools in 2011 and 2012, I, Caliban and I, Peaseblossom returned once again in 2013/14. They played to 4,545 people over 69 performances, engaging 433 young people in 14 participatory workshops. Tim Crouch's unique interpretations of Shakespeare's classic plays A Midsummer's Night Dream and The Tempest re-tell these famous stories from the fresh and sometimes startling perspectives of characters usually consigned to the sidelines. Mixing contemporary language with many excerpts from the original text, this is Shakespeare as you've never seen it before. "Spankingly brilliant... plenty here for adoring Shakeophiles as well as younger audiences." Venue Magazine

The Making of "What The Thunder Said"

Theatre Centre's play What the Thunder Said was developed in collaboration with over 300 children and teachers in inner city areas across the UK. The project addressed an urgent need gathered from research with teachers: many children witness violent behaviour (on television, in the media or in their community) and don't have a way to deal with feelings relating to this. The play was written by Ed Harris, following workshops with school groups, teachers and was delivered in collaboration with developmental psychologists from Birkbeck, University of London and Kings College, London. Theatre Centre facilitates the link between playwrights and young audiences - encouraging writers to collaborate in different ways with young audiences on work that is relevant, exciting and speaks directly to the audience's cares and concerns. Find out more: http://www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Skylines Interviews Series: Rob Evans

An interview in our Skylines series of resources for writers. Playwright Rob Evans talks about how he approaches writing for young audiences - the importance of fun and connection with young people. Skylines is Theatre Centre's online resource for playwrights who would like to know more about writing plays for children and young people. Find out more and visit the full set of resources at: http://www.theatre-centre.co.uk/skylines/

Skylines Extract Series: The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk

An extract from The Ballad of Pondlife McGurk written by Rob Evans, produced by Catherine Wheel Theatre Company. When Martin moves to a new school he feels lost in a sea of strange faces, especially when class bully Sharon takes a dislike to him. That is until he meets Simon McGurk and forms a friendship that not only changes Martin, but curses Simon for the rest of his school days. Deviser: Andy Manley Director: Gill Robertson Writer: Rob Evans Sound Designer: Danny Krass Info: http://www.catherinewheels.co.uk/productions/The+Ballad+of+Pondlife+McGurk/ Skylines is Theatre Centre's online resource for playwrights who would like to know more about writing plays for children and young people. Find out more and visit the full set of resources at: http://www.theatre-centre.co.uk/skylines/

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The Muddy Choir: Teaser Trailer

Touring September to November 2014 Full tour details and ticket booking: http://www.theatre-centre.co.uk/shows/2014/the-muddy-choir/tour-schedule/ Redbridge - 11-12 September 2014 Greenwich - 22-24 September 2014 Taunton - 1 October 2014 Oxford - 2-4 October 2014 Shoreham - 6 October 2014 Maidenhead - 8 October 2014 Norwich - 20 October 2014 King's Lynn - 22 October 2014 Perth - 8 November 2014 Salisbury - 17-18 November 2014 Brighton - 23-24 November 2014

Skylines Interviews Series: Natalie Wilson

An interview in our Skylines series of resources for writers. In this video, Theatre Centre's Artistic Director Natalie Wilson talks about her first experiences of directing work for young audiences and what a play for young people needs. Skylines is Theatre Centre's online resource for playwrights who would like to know more about writing plays for children and young people. Find out more and visit the full set of resources at: http://www.theatre-centre.co.uk/skylines/

Skylines Interviews Series: Anthony Banks

An interview in our Skylines series of resources for writers. Anthony Banks, Associate Director, NT Learning at the National Theatre, talks to us about commissioning plays to be performed by young people for the NT Connections series. Skylines is Theatre Centre's online resource for playwrights who would like to know more about writing plays for children and young people. Find out more and visit the full set of resources at: http://www.theatre-centre.co.uk/skylines/

Skylines introduction: Online resources for writers

Theatre Centre's Artistic Director, Natalie Wilson, examines our Skylines initiative - looking back at the writer development programme that took place with a closed group of 50 writers between 2012 and 2013, and launching the new online resource, available now.

Introduction to Learning Resources - What the Thunder Said

Schools Producer Marigold Hughes introduces teachers to learning resources that accompany What the Thunder Said by Ed Harris. For more information about the production, which is for children in Years 5 and 6, please visit the Theatre Centre website.

An interview with developmental psychologist Dr Natasha Kirkham

Developmental psychologist Dr Natasha Kirkham is interviewed by two primary school pupils about What the Thunder Said, a play produced by Theatre Centre at the culmination of a year-long project talking to children about their experiences of witnessing or experiencing violence. Theatre Centre has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953. Visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk for more information about the company's touring activity.

An interview with playwright Ed Harris

Playwright Ed Harris is interviewed by two primary school pupils about his play, What the Thunder Said. Theatre Centre has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953. Visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk for more information about the company's touring activity.

In development: What the Thunder Said by Ed Harris

Spring 2014 will see a new Theatre Centre tour to primary schools across the country. Here, we show a small extract from the play in development. We use try out performances like this (in schools, without much set and without costumes) to help the playwright shape the play according to the feedback of our young audience and teachers. Theatre Centre has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953. Visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk for more information about the company's touring activity.

Theatre Centre's awards ceremony 2013

On the 14 November 2013 Theatre Centre announced the winners of its three key prizes for writers and actors: the Dorothy L. Sayers Award, the Adrienne Benham Award and the Brian Way Award for Best New Play. This video summarises the announcments made at the event, which celebrated actors Matt Bradley-Robinson and Adrian Richards, and writers Lou Ramsden and Danny Braverman. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Theatre Centre's 60th birthday speeches

On the 14 November 2013 Theatre Centre celebrated it's 60th birthday. We invited a number of individuals to speak about their Theatre Centre experiences, introduced by current Artistic Director Natalie Wilson. This short video features extracts of speeches made by: Alistair Melville-Smith, Chair; Irene MacDonald, Chair 1999-2009; Jenny Jules, Actress; Roy Williams, Playwright. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Evan Placey talks about Theatre Centre in the 2000s

Writer Evan Placey reminisces about his experiences with Theatre Centre in the 2000s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Drama & Performing Arts: Under threat?

In autumn 2013 Theatre Centre organised a series of panel discussions around the teaching of drama in secondary schools. Drama and the performing arts are perceived to be under threat, with 23% of teachers of these subjects reporting that qualifications or courses have been withdrawn. However, with these individuals on board, champions drama's place on the curriculum and in the school community, we at Theatre Centre think there's hope yet. Theatre Centre has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953. Visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk for more information about the company's touring activity.

Sarah Gordy talks about Theatre Centre in the 2000s

Actress Sarah Gordy reminisces about her experiences with Theatre Centre in the 2000s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Roy Williams talks about Theatre Centre in the 1980s

Writer and former actor Roy Williams reminisces about his experiences with Theatre Centre in the 1980s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Matt Bradley-Robinson talks about Theatre Centre in the 2000s

Actor Matt Bradley-Robinson reminisces about his experiences at Theatre Centre in the 2000s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Marlene Sidaway talks about Theatre Centre in the 1960s

Actress Marlene Sidaway reminisces about her experiences at Theatre Centre in the 1960s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Kevin Lancelot Everiste talks about Theatre Centre in the 2000s

Actor Kevin Lancelot Everiste reminisces about her experiences at Theatre Centre in the 2000s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Jenny Jules talks about Theatre Centre in the 1980s

Actress Jenny Jules reminisces about her experiences at Theatre Centre in the 1980s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Irene MacDonald talks about Theatre Centre in the 1980s

Former Chair of Theatre Centre's board, Irene MacDonald reminisces about her experiences of Theatre Centre, beginning in the 1980s when she was the Arts Council's Education Officer. She recounts a story about how Norman Tebbit raised questions about Theatre Centre's work in parliament when the company commissioned and toured David Holman's 'Peace Plays'. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Gemma Fairlie talks about Theatre Centre in the 2000s

Director Gemma Fairlie reminisces about her experiences of Theatre Centre in the 2000s. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

Brenda Foulds talks about Theatre Centre in the 1960s

Theatre Centre visited Brenda Foulds' primary school and secondary, and ultimately she ended up working for the company. Here she reminisces about her experiences of Theatre Centre. This video is one of several made available via Theatre Centre's 60th birthday microsite in 2013. For more information about the company, which has been touring new plays for young audiences since 1953, visit www.theatre-centre.co.uk

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