Archive for February, 2010

The Straw, The Bean and The Coal

February 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Great short film made by pupils at St Chad’s Primary School in Cheetham Hill inspired by “The Straw, The Bean and The Coal” written by Brothers Grimm. St Chads are a partner school who worked with us during the autumn term on a storytelling project inspired by the stories of the Brothers Grimm.

The pupils took place in ten storytelling workshops and used drama and creativity to develop their own self confidence and communication skills.


Brecht Workshop

February 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Tomorrow we continue our programme of “Page To Stage” workshops with a session looking at the work of Bertolt Brecht. The workshop will take place at the Library Theatre and will offer the chance to look at Brecht’s text from the perspective of a theatre director and think about how you may begin to put it on its feet for performance. For those of you who can’t make it to the workshop here are some great quotes from Brecht’s plays:

  • Society cannot share a common communication system as long as it is split into warring factions.
  • Don’t be afraid of death so much as inadequate life.
  • No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself.
  • War is like love, it always finds a way.
  • Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
  • Whenever there are great virtues, it’s a sure sign that things are wrong.

The next “Page to Stage” workshop takes place in March and will be based around the work of Brian Friel. For more information or to book tickets please ring the theatre box office on 0161 236 7110.

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Today We’re Reading

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Today in our playreading group we read the wonderful play “The Pitmen Painters” by Lee Hall.  The picture above is a painting by Oliver Kilbourn who was one of the characters in the play and who was also one of the miners from Ashington who became known as the Pitmen Painters in the 1930s and 1940s.

Here are some things that the group felt about the play:

  • They really enjoyed the truthful and generous interpretations of all the different characters.
  • They like the themes that the play investigated around art and culture and the part that it plays in society.
  • They really admired the way that the play felt very accessible and easy to read but that it still investigated very complex themes and ideas.

Our playreading group takes place on the first Friday of each month and is for anyone aged 18 and upwards, who is interested in reading plays and sharing their responses and ideas with other people. For more information on this group please contact the Box Office on 0161 236 7110. The next session takes place on Friday 5th March and we will be reading “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams.