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


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

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong you’ll never come up with anything original.” Sir Ken Robinson

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment


Categories: ideas

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

Digital Opportunity for Young People

Are you aged 15 – 25? Do you know your Twitter from your Flickr? Are you a follower of Facebook? Do you love social media and want to be involved in creating digital content for a professional theatre company? If you answer yes to these question this could be the perfect opportunity for you?

We are currently looking for young people to get involved in develop digital content for our websites: and 

Work with us to have the chance to develop your skills as a film maker, blogger, reporter, writer, live streamer, animator, designer, pod-caster…. You come up with the ideas and we’ll try and help you make it happen. All you need to do is have a couple of hours spare a month and have a passion to for New Media and Digital. This is a voluntary opportunity but it will give you the opportunity to showcase your work in a professional environment!

For more information please contact or call her on 0161 234 1321.

Categories: opportunities

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.

Worth a Watch

367_132x99Brilliant talk from the wonderful TED website by Seth Godin who argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.

What affect can this have on our work in Community Arts and Arts Education?

If you’ve never used the TED website before go and have a look. It’s the perfect way to keep up with all the amazing conferences and presentations that you haven’t got the time or money to go to!

Categories: something different