Monday, 23 April 2018

WHERE DID ALL THE MONEY GO?

I'm griping again!
But not without just cause.
I feel sorry for the kids when I hear we just cannot afford it. Our budget has been slashed to the bone. We are even asking parents to make contributions; anything will do, pens, paper to write on, or even toilet paper.
Is this the way to run a country?
Is there nobody in high places who recognises that education matters?
Oh well, I guess not!
So, let's move on.
How about a party? We have just the show for your 2 to 8 year olds, and mum and dad, granny and the rest will all love it too.
I am talking about "The Gingerbread Man".
We have been performing this for nigh on 20 years and GBM is as young and athletic as ever trying to escape his home in search of somewhere better, but eventually realising he had the best home in the world and, with the help of the children getting back safe and sound.
Until the next time, I will leave you with some photos.





Tuesday, 10 April 2018

A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL PRODUCER, AUTHOR AND DIRECTOR

"Who could say we are boring?

We are in our twentieth year and still the ideas keep flowing. The trick is to keep each production fresh and alive! Theatre is a living, breathing entity and every actor who works for us brings something new to the cooking pot; whether it be humour, movement, vocal skills, fresh characterisation, or any number of other skills. Our plays are still loved today and we have never felt the need to drop any, as they each provide something unique. Repeat bookings have proved our worth over the years.

I am proud to say we not only perform ten plays in traditional repertory style and conduct various and bespoke workshops nationally, mainly in schools and theatre venues but, with the success of our own children's book, Billy Beware! we are proud to be providing 'Storytelling' as a new addition to our repertoire. Performances and readings are most often in schools, but theatre venues, libraries, village halls, community centres and even living rooms all feature.

Drama Tuition is another new addition to our repertoire. We have had enquiries for LAMDA Examinations too and these are welcomed and encouraged

As we at Aesop's Theatre love a party, we are delighted to be writing a bespoke play for a surprise 60th birthday party in June..

Get in touch with us if you want something a little bit different. We welcome new challenges.


Karen







Wednesday, 28 March 2018

NEED HELP WITH A SCHOOL PRODUCTION?

At Aesop's Touring Theatre Company (ATTC) we don't just perform, we also teach others to do it.
Schools love putting on plays and children enjoy being part of them: usually at Christmas or other festivities.
Because we know how much this means, particularly for the parents and family members, we want the occasion to be very special.
ATTC has ten scripted plays that are regularly performed in schools, theatres, parties, corporate events where the children need entertaining, and in many other situations.
All these productions are on our website and they have all been created by us. We write, produce, direct, choreograph, provide sets, costumes and props and even compose the music.
We have been doing this for nigh on twenty years, so we do know a bit about it!
Why not let us help you?
If you have ideas, we can assist in developing them. If you don't, we can suggest some for you.
Everything is possible.
We will work within your budget to help create a truly memorable production you will be proud to perform.
Take a look at some of our audiences.
Thanks for reading this and until soon, Albert......




Saturday, 24 March 2018

WE DON'T JUST DO PLAYS AND WORKSHOPS!

We have now been around for almost 20 years and, if there is one thing that has taught us, it is you cannot have just one string (or even two) to your bow!
You are all familiar with the Plays we perform and the Drama Workshops we create.
BUT, there is much, much more.
Our principal actress is Karen Brooks and, she does not just create, write, produce, choreograph, and compose the music for all our plays, she also uses her Drama Qualifications to full advantage in directing the productions.
Many of the actors we have employed over the years have benefited from her skills, and we have testimonials to prove it.
Karen is now pleased to offer DRAMA TUITION.
This can be on a "one to one" basis or for groups. She will shortly be embarking on furthering this exciting prospect with independent schools and dance and drama academies.
AND, it does not stop there!
Karen has written and had published a highly valued book for young children. You will have seen it on our website "Billy Beware!". It includes an audio CD recorded by Karen.
As a natural progression, we now offer "STORYTELLING".
We know how popular this is in schools and, with budgetary restraints, it is far less costly than a live theatre production.
I suggest you check out Karen on our website under "ACTORS". You will also find her prominent in some of the live action photos and video. I am sure you will be suitably impressed.
I will leave you with some pictures from "Billy Beware!".
Until soon.... Albert....


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

DRAMA WORKSHOPS

My oh my! How education has changed, and so much of it for the better.
Many of you of my age or, perhaps even a good deal younger, will recall the school days when we sat a a geography lesson, barely listening, whilst the teacher droned on about "dikes and polders".
Of course, now the kids are taken on a trip to Holland to see them for themselves. Well, the lucky ones whose school funds haven't completely bled dry.
So what is the point you are making? you ask.
Simply this: if the school can't take you to all these exciting places, let us bring them to you.
We create INTERACTIVE DRAMA WORKSHOPS on just about anything.
We have a huge portfolio of ones we have had commissioned, and new ones are being added all the time.
 I just love a challenge. Give me a clue, and our team will produce a Drama Workshop to fit in with your curriculum needs.
Some ideas are posted on our website, but these are by no means all we have to offer, and they are growing all the time.
With education now being so much "hands on", we are here to add another dimension.
Kids love to act and, with us they get every opportunity to develop their skills, whilst adding to their knowledge.
Remember also, so much is gained from social intercourse.
Next time you have a project, whether it be easy, complex or nigh on impossible, remember "AESOP'S TOURING THEATRE COMPANY" has almost 20 years experience under its belt.
Until the next time, take a look at these youngsters cooking, learning the Green Cross Code, acting and dancing.
Albert.....

Thursday, 15 March 2018

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH

On this day 19 years ago "AESOP'S TOURING THEATRE COMPANY" made its d├ębut at a school in Ealing.
Back then, we had just the one play "The Story of Aesop's Fables", but what a start for a Theatre in Education Company that has survived the trials and tribulations of the early part of this century.
In the early 2000's education was high on the list of Government priorities, and we had no reason to suppose it would ever change.
How wrong we were!
Today, education is way down the scale of importance, and this despite all the assurances of "ring fencing".
One has only to look at the results and league tables to see where the UK now stands.
But, despite every impediment placed before us, A.T.T.C. has flourished.
We now offer TEN SCRIPTED PLAYS and TWENTY DRAMA WORKSHOPS. And, if that is not enough, we will create DRAMA WORKSHOPS to meet every need.
We even survived "the beast from the east", even though it did mean a day of re-scheduling as a couple of schools were closed.
Perhaps soon this, or the next Government, will recognise the future of our country is in the hands of the young, and education will be moved from the back seat to the fore.
One can only live in hope!
I leave you with a couple of pictures from our first production.
Albert...

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Time for scarves and wooly hats!

Isn't it amazing how a freezing cold day is described as "bright" by every dog walker you meet. I guess it's a euphemism for "I'm freezing my what's-its off"!
Anyway, the one thing we all seem to care about when the thermometer goes blue is the elderly and how
will they cope?
I was thinking about this only this morning, as I tried to keep my balance over the exposed ice laden tree roots. And I was reminded of the times we have performed our plays in care homes - such appreciative audiences, who make you feel welcome, and tell you how you have brightened their day.
My thoughts then turned to the sick, and I vividly recalled the looks on the faces of the children when we gave a charity performance of "The Gingerbread Man" at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital - so satisfying to see.
We fear the cold, not the icy roads, nor the threat of snow, but the "molly codling" Local Authorities and their obsession with Health and Safety.
One winter we drove from Woking to Birmingham for a 9.30 performance, only to find the City had decided to close the school, as the playground could be dangerous. Really, we managed the trip without sliding once!
Talking of which, I remember the fun we had at my school making slides that became dusted with snow, and waiting for an unsuspecting teacher to step on them.
I've rambled on enough and I'm starving, so off for some porridge the proper Scottish way, with honey and a "wee dram".
Until the next time, I leave you with these chillers......Albert.....