Little Actors Theatre Company

Press Release 25 February 2019

Neston’s InterACT Youth Theatre goes on tour!

Neston-based InterACT Youth Theatre will again present a new writing play, commissioned by National Theatre Connections, revisiting a play from 1997. Sparkleshark by Philip Ridley is performed by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. InterACT will add a 21st century spin to this play about gangs, bullying and how creativity, imagination and storytelling can overcome adversity and build friendship through a shared experience.

The play will tour as follows: Saturday 16th March at Neston Civic Hall – 3.30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets £10 (£5 concessions) from 0151 336 4302 or mail@littleactorstheatre.com

Friday 26th April The Gladstone Theatre. 7.30 p.m. as part of the Leverhulme Drama Festival. Tickets direct from the theatre on 0151 643 8757

Sunday 12th May The Storyhouse (Garret Theatre). 4.30pm. Tickets from Storyhouse using the link https://www.storyhouse.com/event/latc-double-bill .

The performance at Storyhouse will be an inter-generational double bill with Brightlights Theatre Company. Brightlights was formed by Little Actors Theatre in partnership with Brightlife Cheshire to provide a theatre activity for the Over 50s. Their new play ‘The Cruise’ will première at the Leverhulme Drama Festival on 23rd April.

Press Releases 16 January 2019

1st Press Release –  Mamma Mia Family Masterclass

Little Actors Theatre  announce Saturday afternoon masterclasses at their venue in Brook Street.  The first will be a ‘Mamma Mia’ family workshop for ages 6-16 years plus adult family members.  The session will be run by Leila Chebbi, an actor with Travelled Companions Theatre.
Saturday 2nd February at 1 – 3 p.m. Neston Theatre Arts, 26-30 Brook Street, CH64 9XL

Cost £14 per person or £10 per family member:  50% discounts available (Ts&Cs apply)
To book contact Little Actors on 0151 336 4302 or mail@littleactorstheatre.com

2nd Press Release

Little Actors Theatre in Neston

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.

Funders:
Without funding we would not be able to offer the services we do at  affordable prices so thanks to Neston Town Council, CWaC Councillors Andy Williams and Louise Gittins, The John Thaw Foundation (youth scholarships), Little Neston WI and Police Mutual.

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

Neston Civic Hall