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 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!)


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…..


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!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Growing all the time

Not another new actress! Absolutely so. The delightful talented Melissa Livermore has joined us after a successful summer tour of much of England and Wales with a show specifically designed for young children. Take a look at "Actors and Auditions" and you can read her personal blog.
Schools are now back after a rather dismal August and, we too, are back in the swing of things with some exciting new Drama Workshops on offer.
We have recently risen to the challenge and created interactive studies on "The Plague, The Great Fire of London, Twentieth Century Monarchs, Victorian and Georgian Times and a whole load more.
We are so pleased that teachers want the children to be more "hands on" with their studies. How different from my school days, when I was sat there dozing while some old bore droned on about polders and dams and the like.
So while you were all out enjoying yourselves in the rain, we were stuck here planning your future educational needs and pleasures.
And now I must get back to more of that but, before you leave, refresh your memory of some of the wonderful plays we have on offer.
Until next time,
Albert x                                                    Melissa Livermore

and not forgetting Jade Jeneway

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Summer Madness

The last time I posted a blog you had all waited for 5 months, and now I am back after only 2 weeks.
Well much has happened and I am delighted to be telling you about a lovely new actress who has joined us for the next school year.
Amanda Madison is currently starring at the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival in "Titus Andronicus" and "As You Like It".
Amazingly, she is also finding the time to fit in some
rehearsals and line learning with ATTC. When you have read this just turn to our "Actors" page to find out more about Amanda.
Now for a touch of sadness. The delightful young Emily Windham is leaving us to go to The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. We are delighted that she has won a place at this long established and most prestigous academy. We know she will do well, so just watch out for her when she lights up the London stages in two or three years time. In case you have forgotten what she looks like, she is the one with the dazzling red hair. Just look at an earlier blog and she will be there.
As if all these changes were not enough, we are ploughing on with the creation of more Drama Workshops to meet the growing demand from schools. We can now say with confidence "give us a subject and we will have a Drama Workshop ready to fit the bill".
Moreover, we are taking many enquiries from senior schools following the curriculum changes, and we are enjoying the engagement with older students.
Before I sign off, take a look at our new young lady I have told you about.
Bye for now,
Albert x

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

No time for blogging!

I know it has been 5 months since my last posting, but that does not mean I have been totally idle and remiss. Quite the opposite, in fact.
For some time now I have been planning more ways to meet the ever changing National Curriculum, and the emphasis it places on broadening our children's outlook and experiences of life.
More "hands on" and less sitting in class merely listening to teachers "droning on"!
We have the answer with our fully participative Drama Workshops.
Think of just about any study subject and we will either have a ready made Workshop or we will create one for you.
If you like, have it as an adjunct to one of our established plays. The children will not only be learning but enjoying the active participation.
Don't worry about the cost. We always take the view "the kids come first". Just tell us your budget and I am sure we will meet it.
That is all I want to say at the moment, but do watch this space.
We have an exciting new actress joining us for the next school year, and I will tell you all about her when I next write.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Where did January and most of February go?

Hi guys. I'm back in case you thought I was dead!
Sorry again for the long absence, but we have been so busy creating new Drama Workshops to meet the National Curriculum changes.
We can now boast Workshops to meet all the new criteria for both KS1, KS2 and the years 7 & 8 for the seniors.
Fancy a spot of the Plague, or the Great Fire of London?
How about joining us in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages?
You may even wish to travel with a few Ancient Greeks or Romans or that rough bunch of Vikings.
Or why not sample the trenches in World War I?
You name it. We have it. In fact, challenge us with something new and we will oblige.
Yes, Interactive Drama Workshops where the children get to be very creative and active, and with our able assistance produce their very own pieces and act them out to the rest of the class, are very much in vogue.
It is all about keeping in touch, and that is what we have been doing for sixteen years.
Now I really must get bck to designing a newsletter so my fans will know he treats that are in store for them.
See you next time,
Albert xx