Little Actors Theatre Company is proud to present their new project for the over 50s with Brightlights Theatre. The project is designed to help reduce loneliness and social isolation as well as offering a creative theatre outlet. Beginning Friday 8th October, 11 am – 1 pm to run until Christmas 2021 with the aim of delivering a Christmas community presentation. The group will be based in Neston Town Hall. The project is funded by Tesco Bags for Help so is free for participants to access.
Brightlights is from their success presenting a COVID friendly outdoor Pantomime of Cinderella July 2021, which was a roaring success for the children of Little Actors Theatre. Brightlights have also devised and won awards for two performances for the 2019 and 2020 Leverhulme Drama Festival.
Brightlights will be directed by professional actor, Mike Lockley, who has been working with Little Actors Theatre company for over 10 years. Mike is not only an experienced and accomplished actor, but also a writer, director and drama practitioner who has worked extensively in theatre with projects as diverse as pantomimes, corporate events and Shakespeare. Mike has also worked on TV and film projects. He trained at LAMDA completing the Associate in Acting Diploma. Mike has won many awards for his writing and also runs his own theatre company operating the ghost tours in Chester.
Joining Mike will be recent Masters graduate Eve Sumner, as production assistant. Eve joins Little Actors as part of the Government funded Kickstart campaign. She has completed a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies and MA in Creative Industries from Liverpool Hope University. With experience in youth theatre, facilitating workshops for adults and making the arts more accessible to a wide range of individuals, she will be an excellent production assistant with the Brightlights Theatre Company.
New members are most welcome. For details about the project and how to join please contact Little Actors on 0151 336 4302 or [email protected]
PRESS RELEASE APRIL 2021
Little Actors – Back in the Room in Neston
Despite the pandemic and losing their theatre space in Brook Street Neston; Little Actors Theatre will be back in the room with children and young people from 21st April. Returning to Neston Community and Youth Centre, Little Actors is offering:
InterACT Youth Theatre – Wednesday 5-7pm
Juniors – Years 6-7
Seniors – Years 8+
Rehearsing for an open air production summer 2021 and preparing for National Theatre Connections and the Leverhulme Drama Festival in 2022
Directed by professional actors
Saturday 10.15am – 12.15pm
Beginners – 5-7s
Advanced – 8-11s
An hour of Drama and an hour of Musical Theatre. Lots of fun and games to bring the children out of lockdown to improve health and wellbeing.
All workshops are led by professional actors.
Restarting soon 9.30am – 10.10am
DramaTots – 2-4 years – for pre-school children and their carers. Applications are open.
We offer 50% discounts for low income families
COVID-19 safety restrictions are still in places for the time being and Little Actors observes all legal requirements, including hand washing, extra sanitiser and social distancing.
Theatre Club for ages 5-11s – 10.15am – 12.15pm – workshops in drama and musical theatre.
LAMDA examination preparation – 12.30-1.30pm
(London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art – Ofqual approved qualifications)
InterACT Youth Theatre – 5-7 pm – (Year 7+) – rehearsing a play for open air performances June 2021. Then working with National Theatre Connections for 2022, Leverhulme Drama Festival and Storyhouse transfers.
Brightlights Theatre – 11 am-1 pm – Over 50s performance group. Working on performances for open air in June 2021 and then preparing for the Leverhulme Drama Festival 2022. Plus performances at Storyhouse.
PRESS RELEASE FEBRUARY 2021
Little Actors Theatre has moved back online for the duration of this lockdown. Our regular students will attend their workshops on Zoom on a Saturday morning. Plus. we are able to offer this out to the wider community. We can offer:
9.30 am – 10.10 am DramaTots (pre-school children and their parents/carers) – drama, singing and dance led by West End actor Carly Thoms
10.15 am-12.15 pm – Theatre Club – drama and musical theatre for 5-11s .
This group will work on a lockdown-specific project and will create a piece of work for digital presentation at the end of the lockdown. Led by professional actor Fern Evans.
These workshops will be free to unwaged families and we are offering an introductory offer to new students who join us on Zoom. It is a great opportunity to work with professional actors and to give the children a social outlet during lockdown.
We are also able to offer places on our InterACT Youth Theatre which is on Wednesdays 5-7 pm (for ages 12+). This group is creating work to be filmed and published.
During the last long lockdown we created lots of work including the publication of a creative writing book (available on Amazon or at Old Oaks Farm)
Little Actors Theatre has been selected by Aviva to be part of this year’s Aviva Community Fund. All funds raised from public and employee donations will help support the community theatre work in Neston.
Little Actors offers professionally led performing arts activities for children and young people, plus the over 50s. Free places are available to children eligible for free school meals and 50% discounts for low income families. Participation in the arts is proven to improve health and well being and to reduce social isolation and loneliness. This is needed now more than ever.
Please use this link to support Little Actors and spread the word.
As a charity Little Actors has an access for all policy so low income families are eligible for 50% scholarships and in some cases free places where funding allows. Contact LATC for details.
Survival – Funding
Little Actors has survived this far through the pandemic because of funding from The Arts Council, Neston Town Council, CWaC, Cllr Louise Gittins, Cheshire Community Foundation and other grant and donations from the Masons and Enritec. We are so grateful for the support so far but if we are to survive beyond the new year we need to raise more funding to sustain our charity through to the end of the pandemic. Any support, personal or business would be most welcome.
Download the Zoom app on your device and then send us an email ([email protected]) and we will add you to the invitation groups to the live streamed workshops. At the moment they are a bit ad hoc as our free lance actors are having to find other work but we will be creating a more regular schedule ASAP. Workshops so far include DramaTots, movement and fitness and youth theatre.
Everyone is most welcome and all of these activities are FREE to join in. Keeping well is so important at this time, and this includes your health and well-being and making sure your don’t feel isolated or lonely – so come and join us from the comfort of your own home. Details from [email protected] or call Samantha on 0151 336 4302.
KEEP WELL AND SAFE FROM ALL OF US AT LITTLE ACTORS
Little Actors has its own venue, Neston Theatre Arts, off Brook Street. The venue is equipped to create a black box studio theatre and rehearsal and dance studios. Volunteers would be most welcome to help behind the scenes so if you don’t fancy acting then come and help with costumes, props, sound, lighting, producing and fundraising etc. We look forward to welcoming new members.
The Town Council office is currently closed for visitors due to Covid19, however if you have an enquiry please contact the Council via the main telephone number on standard weekdays between 9.30am and 12.00pm.