Little Actors Theatre Company

Press Release January 2022

Little Actors Theatre has been awarded a Creative Development Grant, part of the Reopening and Recovery programme funded by the Government’s Additional Restrictions Grant to Cheshire West and Chester Council.  The grant is designed to bring life back to the High Street through creative arts activities.

Little Actors is offering a series of theatre workshops for children aged 8-18, leading to filming the work.  The project will be led by professional actors and is FREE.  The aim is to root the material in local history and enable the participants to create their own work linked to local knowledge around the High Street, Town Hall and Market Square.

The workshops will be Saturdays 2 – 4 p.m. from 15th January.  The filming day is Sunday 13th March by a local professional film maker.

Press Release 19 November 2021

InterACT Youth Theatre is currently recruiting young people to join this performance-focussed group in the Neston area. Do you know a young person aged 12-18 with a creative passion for theatre?  Then InterACT Youth Theatre is the perfect place for them! IYT has been based in Neston for over 15 years and led by professional actors. This company participates in the Leverhulme Drama Festival and National Theatre Connections, a nationwide celebration of new writing for young people. For those aged 13 and above there are parts available in this year’s NT Connections play which is called ‘Variations’ by Katie Hims and will be performed on the 27th March 2022 at a local venue.

National Theatre Connections is one of the UK’s largest celebrations of youth theatre.  Plays are commissioned for and about young people, from some of the best contemporary playwrights, and performed by schools and youth theatres all over the UK and Ireland.  This includes a transfer to a professional venue, in our case The Lowry.

Participation in the arts improves health, wellbeing and confidence, and teaches young people an array of transferrable skills.  New members are welcome: we meet Wednesdays 5 – 7 p.m. at Neston Community and Youth Centre.  We offer 50% discounts for low-income families and free places for young people from unwaged families.

For further information contact 0151 336 4302 or [email protected] or www.littleactorstheatre.com

Press Release November 2021 Little Actors Theatre Company is proud to present a crowdfunding project in conjunction with Spacehive and Cheshire West and Chester Council.  We would welcome your support.
Community Christmas Show in the Rural area of Neston
Everyone is welcome to join in this project free of charge: families, couples, individuals, young and not so young!  You just have to want to get involved with the community and meet new people! No experience is necessary and participants can take up any role; actors, stage managers, wardrobe supervisors, props makers, lighting, sound designers/operators, designers etc. The community cast will be guided by experienced and skilled theatre professionals to put on a show for Christmas 2022.
The project will be based and performed in the Neston area but all residents in Cheshire West can join. Culminating in a local performance with transfer to the Storyhouse in Chester. We want to get as much of the community involved as we can in local venues.
After the COVID-19 pandemic this collaborative project will encourage the community to get back together with a shared aim, and encourage those who have been socially isolated to socialise again. Participants will benefit from the input of professionals whilst building new friendships and learning new skills.
We will deliver weekly rehearsals over three school terms, starting in January and running for 36 – 38 weeks.  With a transfer to the Storyhouse our participants can experience a professional venue from an ‘inside’ perspective, plus free tickets for the audience.
We have been based in Neston and running for over 15 years and so have a wealth of experience in delivering these types of projects.
PRESS RELEASE MARCH 2021 COMING SOON:

DramaTots – New weekday creative workshops to include – drama, dance, singing, crafts, storytelling and refreshments

Musical Theatre Performance Company

For ages 8+.  Working with professional directors, choreographers and musical directors to present a musical in the summer of 2022 in Neston and at Storyhouse.

Cha, Cha, Chair Dance Fitness

An inclusive weekday fitness class.  Includes chat with refreshments.

TIE (Theatre in Education)

Our team of professional actors are rehearsing a repertoire of work for local small-scale touring.

All work is delivered from our theatre space at 26-30 Brook Street, Neston CH64 9XL.

For details on any of the above, contact Little Actors on 07385 849864 or mail:littleactorstheatre.com or www.littleactorstheatre.com

COMING UP FOR THE SUMMER:

Saturdays

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)

Wednesdays

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.

Fridays

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)

Plus a lockdown film recorded via Zoom made by InterACT Youth Theatre https://youtu.be/uFijCjTUpNg

Contact Little Actors for details – [email protected]

Please use this link to support Little Actors and spread the word.
Access for All – scholarships
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.
Workshops and classes normally on offer
Children and young people
Wednesday 5-7pm – InterACT Youth Theatre (ages 13+)
Saturday 9am – Creative Tots sesisons (coming soon)
Saturday 10.15am – 12.15pm – Theatre Club (5-12s)
Saturday 12.30pm – LAMDA (examination preparation class)

Adults

Tuesday 11.45am – Tap (Intermediate)

Friday 9.30am – Dance fitness
Friday 11am-1pm – Brightlights Theatre (over 50s)
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You Tube
There are videos and resources to watch and more are being added bit by bit.  Feel free to subscribe, watch and/or join in.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj_FQbaVkywsGcdRISyTHIw

Zoom
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.

Facebook
Links and invitations to join workshops will be posted on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Little-Actors-Theatre-Company-143914655705052/?ref=bookmark

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

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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.

You can get details about how to join in from 0151 336 4302 or email [email protected] or on the web site www.littleactorstheatre.com.
We’d love to welcome you to one of our workshops.

Neston Civic Hall