Sunday, 10 September 2017

Not much of a Summer was it!

I am almost glad it is over.
Anyway, there is some wonderful news, during the break we had the pleasure of discovering two truly wonderful new actors: Alia and Fergus will be educating and entertaining our audiences over the coming months. Rehearsals are all completed, and you can read all about them under "Actors".
I will attach a couple of photos next time, and some of you may recognise them as real professionals who have been performing for young audiences for some time. In the meantime, take a look at some authentic material from our "World War II" production. Some of your grand parents may recognise them!

Our "Drama Workshops" have certainly proved a hit, both as adjuncts to our ten plays, and in isolation.
Do remember we can create them to meet any requirements, both in terms of content, audience size and length.
We managed a trip to the Highlands of Scotland last month; absolutely beautiful countryside with so much to see and enjoy. We stayed in many B & B's where we were always given a warm welcome and a "wee dram". Our hosts were most impressed when we told them what we do: such a pity it is not possible to perform up there, but with  single track A roads with passing places, getting to schools would prove a real challenge. Perhaps, one day we may arrange a tour with a couple of plays.
That's all for now, as I have to confirm some bookings before tomorrow's onslaught.
I will be in touch ere too long.
Albert

Friday, 21 July 2017

THE CHALLENGE - NINE PLAYS TO LEARN

As we welcome our two new actors Fergus Davison and Alia Wilson with open arms, we reflect on some happy and notable times over the years with past actors....
Like the time we went to Abertillery in Wales and performed in surrounding Leisure Centres during the day and partook in the local pub entertainment by night. The locals made us feel very welcome.  Or the time we performed 'The Hare and Tortoise' show at a school in Somerset and we managed to take in a trip to Stonehenge enroute!  Research for future Stoneage workshops and performances!  All good stuff!!
I remember it was the last performance for one of our actors at a school in Kent, and, as a parting treat, we took her to Hever Castle, where she had always wanted to go but had never managed it in the past.  Our play, Henry VIII, had inspired her to find out more about the tyrant King.  We had a fantastic time and even managed a picnic in the castle grounds.
A fun trip to Scotland and Yorkshire for performances of 'The Story of Aesop's Fables' with overnight stays in some lovely hotels.  Combining acting, sight-seeing and even some paddling in the sea! Performing on many occasion at the Tricycle Theatre in London and even the Bristol Old Vic Theatre in Bristol, not forgetting Lauderdale House in Highgate, which has recently been refurbished by the way and well worth a visit.  We are looking forward to returning there!
It has been and, I hope will continue to be, a wonderful education and experience, not just for the children to whom we perform, but also for the actors who work with us to create such vibrant, fun-filled plays that are both educational and entertaining.
As I always say...we hope you enjoy our work as much as we do.
Love,
Karen, Proprietor, A.T.T.C.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

You call this Summer!!!

Well folks, I don't know about you, but where I am it's freezing cold and it looks like another year without fruit. Last night's frost has doubtless seen to that.
Anyway, that's quite enough of the gripes!
I need to tell you about our wonderful one man (actually a woman) play "Timeline".
This is some extravaganza! We take the kids back to the Stone Age and then with a myriad of props and costumes, not to mention amazing acting, we carry them through major events in British history, meeting many famous characters, to the present day.
This all happens in an eighty minutes play designed for infants and juniors.
Suddenly it has become the flavour of the month, and I have taken three bookings for June already this morning.
Make sure you do not miss out. Give me a call on 07836 731872 and I will fit you in.
Here are some pictures to whet your appetite. But take a look at the website under "Productions" for more and some wonderful commendations.
I must go now, but will be back soon,
All the best,
Albert.....









Monday, 13 February 2017

Cold but Sunny

I never believed it could get any colder. But then we travelled north to Manchester and then on across the Pennines to Wakefield. That is where I discovered what real cold is about!
With only the Gingerbread Man costumes to keep us warm, we very nearly perished. In fact, had it not been for the lovely people, particularly the teachers and school staff, and the bright smiling faces of the children, we would have wished we hadn't.
Unfortunately, we had little time in Manchester to savour the northern hospitality and delights, but we were truly blessed in Wakefield. What a lovely city, so much to see and, to use that dreadful American expression, the Cathedral was AWESOME!
We are now back in Woking. The sun is shining, and we are enjoying the half term break with just a sprinkling of Children's Centres to visit.
I must now get on with the next half term's arrangements so, until I write again, keep warm.
Albert

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Up and Running!

Last time I told you about our two new actresses, Lana and Katherine, and now I am pleased to say they have done their first performance together - "World War II" at an independent school in Sunningdale.
The kids and teachers loved it, and were full of praise.
On Monday they are off to Southampton with "Aesop's Fables".
As I look out at the thickening clouds and watch the trees swaying, I am reminded summer is about over and we must prepare for the shorter days and cooler evenings. Still, not all gloom and doom, this is always our busy period with the run up to Christmas and we really enjoy the shows for the very young in December.
Remember, if you are thinking about a pantomime, why not consider the alternative of a fun-filled play for the nursery and infant children. We have four on offer, all perfect for the 2 to 7 age range. Just take a look at our website www.aesopstheatre.co.uk and pick one.
As I leave you now, take a look at our bright young actresses.
Until next time,
Albert x.....(not to be fooled with!)

KATHERINE
ALBERT 
   
                                                              LANA

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Looking forward to the new school year

I hope you all had a wonderful summer, and enjoyed the hot August – so unusual – almost always wet and dismal!
Well, we have had the pleasure of auditioning two delightful new actresses.
Lana and Katherine have joined us and are really looking forward to entertaining and educating the children.
Bookings are coming in rapidly for our busiest spell up to Christmas, and we have added numerous new drama workshops to our repertoire of ten plays.
But let me tell you about some of the exciting happenings last term.
We had the pleasure of performing Drama Presentations on dinosaurs to some 2,500 children around London and the Home Counties.
These were performed with the use of a 10 ft. T Rex Costume that moved and roared. We had Jade inside with a camera and fan to keep her cool. As soon as it was revealed, our audiences went into orbit! It was so realistic and, I have to admit, a little bit scary, particularly as it slept in my garage at home each night!
Just take a look below, and tell me what you think!
We also had the pleasure of performing at the Guildford Drama Festival in late July. There, at GLIVE we entertained the children with “The Gingerbread Man”.
Well, that’s enough for the time being: must get back to rehearsals.
Until the next time…..

Albert   

Monday, 25 April 2016

I really must try harder!

Was my last message way back in September last year? I cannot believe it.
Perhaps so much has happened that I have just not had the time. Well, that's my excuse!
What with the Queen's 90th birthday, the celebration of St. George and 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare, is it any wonder I have not had time to put pen to paper!
This year really did start off with a bang. All our new range of Drama Workshops are proving most popular, and there is a surge of interest in our environmental play "Robin Hood Rescues the Forest".
"Billy Beware!" has also been in demand. I guess folks are waking up to the fact that there is much said and done about "elf & safety", but so little of it relates to kids. Our production fills the gap nicely.
Not only is the play doing well, but we are also in demand for the book written by our Director and Principal Actress, Karen.
There was a time when I could add pictures but, sadly, I seem to have lost the knack. Either that or the blogging system I am using will not oblige.
Anyway, I am off to walk the dog, Bonnie, between showers. Hopefully, you may get to see her once the glitch has been resolved.
Until next time - not so long!
Albert