Little Actors Theatre Company

Press Release October 2019

A taste of the upcoming projects that you can get involved in:

Wednesdays
InterACT Youth Theatre (13+). A multi-award-winning youth theatre. For
2020 they will work with National Theatre Connections to premier a new
play in Neston and then transfer to The Lowry and the Leverhulme Drama
Festival. They meet 5-7 p.m. at Neston Community and Youth Centre, Burton
Road, CH64 9RE. New members are welcome to join as we embark on staging a
new play written specifically for young people.

At Neston Theatre Arts, 26-30 Brook Street, CH64 9XL we offer:

Saturdays
Drama Tots 9.30 – 10.10 a.m.
A group for pre-school children and their parents/carers. Comprising a
mix of drama, dance, singing.

Theatre Club 10.15 a.m. – 12.15 .pm
An award-winning theatre company for primary school children. This term
they will be rehearsing for a Panto to be presented at Christmas in
Neston. Drama and musical theatre combined to bring fun for all the
family.

Tuesdays
Tap 10 a.m. – an intermediate standard class for adults

Fridays
Dance 9.30 a.m. – a dance fitness class for all. Get fit in a friendly
group. After a thorough warm up learn a simple dance routine. Just for
the fun of it.

Brightlights Theatre 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
A group for adults aged over 50. Following on from this year’s success
at the Leverhulme Drama Festival the group we continue thanks to funding
from Neston Town Council. Again the group will enter the Leverhulme
Festival 2020 with an adapted version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
which will put a new slant on this Shakespearean Classic. This will
transfer to Storyhouse in Chester. Dispel all those myths and fears
about the Bard and come and find out how entertaining it can be. Mike
Lockley again writes and directs for this group.

Press Release September 2019

LAMDA tuition opportunities in Neston

Little Actors Theatre is launching LAMDA tuition classesin Neston on a Saturday morning. To date LAMDA tuition has been run within the regular weekly session, and with the success of the 100% pass rate at Merit and Distinction levels, new classes are being offered. Highly trained and experienced professional actors will coach the
sessions. The classes will take place 9.15-10.15 am. No previous experience is necessary. There will be two groups – Beginners doing Entry to Grade 3 and Advanced doing Grades 4-6. Grade 6 is a Bronze Medal grade and carries UCAS points.

Scholarships are available for low income families and are treated confidentially.
Workshops take place at 26 Brook Street, CH64 9XL (entry on Brook Street car park)

LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) exams are respected
world wide and are Ofqual accredited. Children learn to work independently to achieve success. The set pieces selected by LAMDA are fun and relevant to promoting creativity in
children. All the work supports literacy and a wider appreciation of reading.

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Little Actors has its own venue referred to as Neston Theatre Arts based on Brook Street car park. 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.

Little Actors would like to thank the funding bodies this year who help support the access for all ethos – Neston Town Council, Brightlife Cheshire, The John Thaw Foundation, Police Mutual Fund, Cllr Gittins and Cllr Williams.

Press Release January 2019

Little Actors Theatre Company has had a Neston base for 13 years.  It has developed into a registered company and is a Registered Charity.
We believe that access to the arts should be a right for every child and not just reserved for those financially secure enough to afford it.  As a charity we can fund raise so we can offer
scholarships to children from low income families.  All of our work is firmly rooted in Neston as we perform at most community events over the year as well as staging our own shows.  Uniquely, we are a professional theatre company (ITC member) in a rural location.

A few more facts about Little Actors:

Founder Samantha Giblin lives in Parkgate as does regular director Natasha Symms.

Natasha Symms was a regular on Hollyoaks.  She co-directs InterACT Youth  Theatre with Samantha and teaches at Cheshire West College.  She still auditions for and takes TV work.  Remember the controversial ASDA ad  about Mums at Christmas? – that was  Natasha.

Little Actors now has its own venue in Brook Street (the old job centre).

LAMDA exams are offered and we have a 100% success rate at Merit and Distinction levels – all useful for building speaking confidence and for accruing UCAS points.

Over the last 5 years Little Actors has won many awards.  Most recently the Cheshire West Arts Network award for Best Performing Arts achievement for our InterACT  Youth Theatre’s 2017 show ‘The Snow Dragons’.  In 2017 we won the award for best children’s and youth arts provider.

We are a friendly and inclusive community theatre offering affordable access to theatre workshops.   All of our workshops facilitators are professional actors and members of British Actors Equity.  Usually you’d have to travel to a city to access these types of services.

We work regularly in partnership with community organisations such as the CH64 Events Group, Neston Town Council, Neston Village Fair, Parkgate Carnival, Parkgate Fest.  We are now working with Neston Parish Church as we make an angel for their festival on the 27th January.

We offer a free trial and have places available for the Spring term.

Oop in to say hello and we’ll show you round our facilities.

We rely on and value our volunteers to keep us going.  We also offer Time Credits so we can say thank you.

Workshops:
Tuesday 10-11 a.m.
Intermediate Tap Class – adults
Wednesday 5-7 p.m.
InterACT Youth Theatre (at the NC&YC) for ages 13+.  The youth theatre specialises in new writing for young people.  Annually they participate in the National Theatre Connections programme and transfer their work to The Lowry.  This year they are taking a break from that and creating their own new writing tour.  They will perform ‘Sparkleshark’ by Philip Ridley in Neston (16th & 17th March), plus the play is being entered in the Leverhulme Drama Festival which they won in 2017.  Finally the are taking the show to Storyhouse on the 12th May for a double bill with Brightlights Theatre.

Thursday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Adult Drama Group – exploring various pieces and genres of theatre

Friday 9.30-10.30 a.m.
Dance Fitness class.  All ages and abilities welcome.  Get fit whilst  learning fun dance routines.

Friday 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Brightlights Theatre Company (Over 50s).  This group was created in partnership[ with Brightlife Cheshire.  The group was specially put together to create a play for entry in the Leverhulme Drama Festival (22nd-28th April) at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight.  They will also be transferring their newly devised play ‘The Cruise’ to Storyhouse on 12th May alongside InterACT Youth Theatre.  Led by Mike Lockley.

Saturdays 9.30-10.10 a.m.
DramaTots for 2-4 year olds with their parents and carers.  An interactive class comprising role play, dance and singing.  Led by Natasha Symms.

Saturdays 10.15 a.m.-12.15 p.m.
Theatre Club for 5-12 year olds.  This year they embark on two performance projects.  ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dhal for the summer and then festive themed fun for Christmas in Neston.

Saturday afternoons – Theatre masterclasses – dates and themes TBC.

You can get details about how to join in from 01513364302 or
[email protected] or on the web site
www.littleactorstheatre.com.  We’d love to welcome you to one of our workshops.

Neston Civic Hall