Archive for the ‘young people’ Category

Manchester Book Award 2010

March 10, 2010 Leave a comment

Here’s a taster of the film that we created to celebrate this year’s Book Award with a group of young people at Clayton Library.  And just in case you don’t know what the Manchester Book Award is – have a look here to find out more.

We’ll be there tomorrow and can’t wait to find out who wins!

Categories: film, workshops, young people

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.

Adopt An Actor

December 15, 2009 Leave a comment

A big thank you to the following schools who have all been involved in our Adopt an Actor project this year:

St Peter’s RC Primary, Wythenshawe

Baguley Hall Primary, Wythenshawe

St Patrick’s RC Primary, Collyhurst

Abbot Community Primary, Collyhurst

Each school has been writing to an actor from the Grimm Tales cast, taking part in weekly workshops in their school and learning all about the Grimm Tales as part of the project. This week they came to the Library Theatre to watch a performance of Grimm Tales and meet their actor for a question and answer session.

It’s been a really brilliant project that wouldn’t have been possible without the continued support of World Duty Free at Manchester Airport.

Categories: schools, young people

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”

Red Shoes SMALL

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.

Greater Manchester Youth Theatre Network Meeting

We will be hosting the next meeting of the Greater Manchester Youth Theatre Network on Monday 18th May from 10.30am – 12.30pm here at the Library Theatre. If you work creating theatre with young people this is the perfect opportunity to meet other people who are delivering similar work… The biscuits are normally good as well.

If you’d like to join us for the meeting or be added to the very informative and active mailing list just drop us a line.

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.