Archive for the ‘on stage’ Category


November 2, 2009 Leave a comment

1244125146_grimm-imageToday we welcomed the cast and crew of our Christmas Show “Grimm Tales” to the Library Theatre for the first day of rehearsals.It is always really exciting to start work on a new show and this one promises to be something special with a wonderful combination of music, movement and great storytelling. To support the production we also have a wide range of opportunities for people to get involved. We are running an adopt an actor project with six primary schools in Manchester, pre-show talks from the director Rachel O’Riordan, workshop days for hearing and visually impaired children and young people and pre-show workshops in primary and secondary schools.

We’d also love to hear what you think of the show so put your comments up here once you’ve seen it. Are you a teacher? We’d love to hear what activities you are developing to support your visit to the theatre!

Categories: on stage

Gearing Up

August 19, 2009 Leave a comment


Now that our young people’s theatre company have finished their production of  “The Red Shoes” things are calming down and starting to get back to normal here in the Community and Education Department. It’s going to be a busy couple of months for us so keep popping back to see what we’re up to. We’d love to hear what you think of our work!

Categories: general, norfox, on stage

The Red Shoes – Creative Team Announced

As the performance dates for the latest show by our very own norfox Young People’s Theatre Company looms ever nearer now seems a good time to introduce you to the creative team who will be helping the company create their new piece of work.

The show will be adapted and directed by Liz Postlethwaite, the Library Theatre Company’s Community and Education Director. “The Red Shoes” will be the fifth show that she has worked on with norfox and she is really excited about getting started. She will be supported Rosie Stuart who has also worked on five norfox shows, though this will be her last one for a while as she will be starting a Masters in Applied Theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama in September.

The design for the show will be created by Lara Booth, working alongside lighting designer Tom Dexter-Scott. Both Lara and Tom have worked with the company before and have amazing ideas of how this show is going to look.

Finally, the movement direction on the show will be in the capable hands of Ben Moores whose beautiful movement work was a great success in “Fugee”, the last show that norfox did.

I bet you’re wondering how this is linked to the Elvis Costello song that we’ve added to this post? Well… to be honest we aren’t sure yet… But this is one of the many great things we’ve come across as we’re researching for the show and is the kind of off the wall discovery that makes creating theatre so exciting!

Keep up to date with how the show develops here, or visit its own website to find out more.

“The Red Shoes”

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Rehearsals started yesterday for “The Red Shoes”  by Hans Christian Andersen that is the latest production by the norfox Young People’s Theatre Company. The company are based at the Library Theatre and give the oppportunity to young people aged 15 to 18 to develop their skills as performers within a professional theatre environment.

“Following the amazing success of norfox’s last show, Fugee by Abi Morgan, we are really excited to start working on our new production,” said Liz Postlethwaite the Library Theatre Company’s Community and Education Director. “The Red Shoes is totally different from Fugee but will include some of the features that made our last show such a success; there’ll be a great acting ensemble, fabulous physical theatre and a story that will blow you away.”

“The Red Shoes” will be on at the theatre on the 7th and 8th of August and tickets are on sale now at the Theatre Box Office.

Looking For Young Actors

Fugee by Abi Morgan

The Library Theatre Company are currently looking for 3 young actors to join our young people’s theatre company. The company is for people aged 15 – 18 who would like to develop their skills as a performer within a professional theatre environment. The company produce two shows a year at the Library Theatre and also take part in weekly workshops where they have the opportunity to work with professionals from the industry to develop their craft and technique as an actor

We are looking for three young people aged 15-18 who live within the City of Manchester. They need to be able to show a commitment to develop their skills and the ability to attend rehearsls every Wednesday evening and every day from 21st July to 7th August.

This company is now recognised as creating some of the best theatre by and for young people in the country making it an excellent opportunit for anyone who wants to get involved.

For further information give us a ring on 016 234 1922.

“A Number” Cast & Director Interview

April 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Interviews with the director and cast of “A Number” by Carol Churchill.

Categories: film, interview, on stage