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AUTUMN 2013

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Final shows are coming

Christmas news

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What’s going on?

DRAMA CLUB NEWS

THE NEWSLETTER FOR CREATION DRAMA CLUBBERS | www.creationtheatre.co.uk

The team this term

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We’re sure you all already know Katie and Josh, our Education Dream Team, but we’ve got a few new faces we thought you might like to be introduced to this term. Mezze and Andy were on Creation’s summer internship programme and are set to be regular faces you’ll spot at Drama Clubs and Holiday Workshops - so why not get to know them a little bit better?

Mezze

Andy

“I have some great memories of working with the Spa Theatre Juniors and they are one of the main reasons I am now pursuing a career to work with children in theatre. I’ve also worked at Stratford-upon-Avon High School and with Heartbreak Productions for the Heartbreak Hub. No matter how bad my day or week was/is, I’ve always felt and still feel energised and inspired after a rehearsal or workshop session. I love the children’s perspectives on the themes or texts we work on and on life!”

“I’m currently a Drama and Music student at Oxford Brookes. During my time here I’ve acted on stage with the Fortune Players and performed as part of a student band. I’ve also taken time to teach drama at New Marston Primary School. Before moving to Oxford I ran a Junk Band (exactly what it sounds like: a band made of junk!) for the community, performing regular gigs and community based workshops.”


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CREATION NEWS | AUTUMN 2013

Renewals & Final Shows In Week 10, From Monday 18 November we start processing renewals for next term! Unless you notify us in writing (email counts!) by Sunday 17 November that you do not want to renew for next term, we’ll roll over your current place and automatically take payment with the details we have stored. If we have any issue processing payments (e.g. out of date cards) we will get in touch. Spring term starts Monday 6 January and runs until the week of final shows, from Monday 31 March to Saturday 5 April. There will be no clubs from 17 - 23 February during half term break - look out for the Put On A Play In A Week Workshops then instead! If you have any questions or want to chat to us, give us a call on 01865 761393 and ask for Katie or Josh. You can also contact us via email on education@creationtheatre.co.uk Club

Day

Call Time

Date & Performance Time

Venue

Sat 5-7s

Sat

9.30am

7 December 10.00am

Barefoot Books

Sat 8-10s (9.30am)

Sat

10.30am

7 December 11.30am

Leckford Place School

Sat 8-10s (10.30am)

Sat

10.00am

7 December 11.30am

Leckford Place School

Sat 8-10s (1.30pm)

Sat

1.30pm

7 December 3.00pm

Leckford Place School

Sat11-13s (11.30am)

Sat

9.30am

7 December 11.30am

Leckford Place School

Sat 11-13s (3.30pm)

Sat

3.30pm

7 December 4.30pm

Leckford Place School

Mon 8-10s

Mon

6.00pm

2 December 6.45pm

Magdalen College School

Mon 14-16s

Mon

7.15pm

2 December 8.00pm

Magdalen College School

Tues 8-10s

Tues

5.00pm

3 December 6.30pm

Unicorn Theatre*

Tues 11-13s

Tues

5.30pm

3 December 6.30pm

Unicorn Theatre*

Tues 14-16s

Tues

6.00pm

3 December 6.30pm

Unicorn Theatre*

Weds 5-7s

Weds

5.00pm

4 December 6.30pm

Lady Margaret Hall College

Weds 8-10s

Weds

5.00pm

4 December 6.30pm

Lady Margaret Hall College

Weds 11-13s

Weds

6.00pm

4 December 8.30pm

Lady Margaret Hall College

Weds 14-16s

Weds

6.00pm

4 December 8.30pm

Lady Margaret Hall College

The days are getting colder and the nights are drawing in, so it must be nearly time to see the results of the Drama Clubbers’ hard work this term. The final shows will be running from 2 - 7 December. They’ve all done their bit, now it’s our job is to remind you where you need to be and when. Please note: each show will last approximately 1 hour. * No parking outside Unicorn Theatre

Christmas Youth Chorus! After holding auditions in October where we saw over 30 incredibly talented Drama Clubbers sing their hearts out and act their socks off we finally had to choose the 12 young performers who will be joining the cast in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. So, welcome and huge congratulations to the lucky bunch: Carys Bufford, Freya Harkin, Mariah Holland, Samuel Pugh, Freya Wattam, Lucy Enright, Megan Wilks, Orlando Rivière, Izzy Bradley, Jess Howarth, and Jamie and Cara Shepherd!


CREATION NEWS | AUTUMN 2013

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Relaxed Performance We will be holding our first ever Relaxed Performance at the 2.00pm matinee of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe on Thursday 2 January.

• We will have a safe, supervised space for audience members to come to at any time should the auditorium become overwhelming

Relaxed Performances are aimed at children with any disabilities, or on the autistic spectrum, and their families. Often families and children with special needs may shy away from coming to public performances, but Relaxed Performances aim to make the theatre space welcoming, provide for any accessibility needs and help those children and families enjoy an afternoon at the theatre. Here’s a rundown of some of what we’ll be doing for the Relaxed Performance:

• We will adjust any special effects, bright lights or loud noises The show itself will run quite normally but the atmosphere in the theatre will be less formal, audience members will be allowed to make noise or move about and there will be an open and supportive atmosphere. Please do spread the word about this special performance!

• We will put together visual guides to help explain the performance • We will send out detailed pre-show information so families can know exactly what to expect on the day • Front of House staff will receive autism-specific training

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe It’s been winter in Narnia for ever so long. Always winter and never Christmas, can you imagine? What if there was another world inside an old wardrobe? A world under the rule of a cruel queen, where everyone lived in fear and it never stopped snowing. This Christmas you can join the Pevensie children on the greatest adventure of their lives. We’ll return to The North Wall for our third magical and imaginative family Christmas show in the year that will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of one of Oxford’s most famous sons, CS Lewis. With live music, comedy and plenty of 1940s charm, Aslan and Mr & Mrs Beaver can’t wait to meet you there. Performances: 6 December – 4 January. Selected matinees at 10.00am and 2.00pm, evening shows at 7.30pm. Selected evening shows 6.00pm. Tickets: £13.50 – £30 Special offers for groups of ten or more.


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CREATION NEWS | AUTUMN 2013

Here’s what to look forward to... This term we’ve been working on Grimm’s tales and Gothic literature, and trying our hand at Shakspeare’s Hamlet and Henry V. A couple of our 11-13s groups are also challenging themselves with some of Shakespeare’s darker plays, Measure for Measure and Othello. The oldest groups are getting some serious training in theatrical techniques.

5-7s at Barefoot Books

8-10satHeadingtonBaptistChurch

11-13s at John Mason School

Have been working on some of the most exciting and magical of Grimm’s Tales.

Have been practicing their comedy accents for a laughheavy Henry V.

Expect a spooktastic final show this term as this gang is exploring Gothic literature!

5-7s at Headington Baptist Church

8-10s at John Mason School

11-13s at Summerfields

Told that Hamlet was basically like The Lion King, the tiny tots will tell the tale of Shakespeare’s Prince of Denmark.

This group of apparition spotting avengers will be exposing King Claudius in Hamlet.

Tackling mercy, truth and justice in Shakespeare’s ‘problem play’, Measure for Measure.

8-10s at Magdalen College School

14-16satJohn Mason School

Will have the results of ther highly skilled improvisation to show off in their take on Henry V.

Exploring Shakespeare’s plays and presenting them in different theatrical styles.

8-10s at Summerfields 9.30am Inspired by our very own summer smash-hit, this lot are making their own version of Shakespeare’s Henry V.

11-13s at Leckford Place

14-16satHeadingtonBaptistChurch

Are working hard with Shakespeare’s text of Henry V to put together a striking physical ensemble performance.

From physical theatre to musical theatre, this group is working on creating scenes from Shakespeare with differerent theatrical styles and techniques.

8-10s at Leckford Place

11-13satHeadingtonBaptistChurch

14-16satMagdalenCollegeSchool

Have been creating their own take on Henry V with rousing speeches and bloody battles.

Our 1st ever Othello performance with young performers - they’re reaching the heart of the story through metaphor.

Working on scenes from Shakespeare’s plays and devising them using differrent styles of performance.

8-10s at Summerfields 10.30am Will whisk you away to Translyvania and back with the dark tale of Dracula.

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