Author Archives: Rachel

Bee Friendly!

May 16th, 2018 | Posted by Rachel in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Our latest project is called Bee Friendly and has been funded by Grow Wild!

Here is some of the design work for our planters for our Bee Friendly Planter Trail – students at the New Start Centre at Hinde House have been working very hard to come up with designs to reflect our Community Partner’s Sites on the Flower Estate in Sheffield.

















Sharpen Up The Shakespeare

May 16th, 2018 | Posted by Rachel in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


This session we focused on developing Scene 1 and building our Shakespeare characters. I enjoyed the warm up game we played, led by another member of the group, in which we reacted to movements and actions in the way our characters would. I enjoyed it because it was inclusive and funny, but also a bit challenging because I had to think on my feet and manage to stay in character without corpsing.

In my group, we worked around the idea of setting the scene with all the Shakespearean characters featuring and revealing their problems. I felt personally, like I had a clear mind-set of what I needed to say and do and learnt a lot about Shakespeare and some context on Richard III.

-A member of the senior group

Corrupt leaders this way…

May 7th, 2018 | Posted by Rachel in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


On Thursday, we worked more on the scenes that we had started looking at last week. We worked in the woods, and thought more about where we would position those scenes.

One member led a game where we played follow my leader. Our play is the story of the Pied Piper, so follow my leader is important! In the second round of the game, we led the line as our characters in the play. We are inserting Shakespeare characters into the story of the Pied Piper. I am playing Lady Macbeth and I am one of the corrupt leaders. I did lots of hand washing and muttering and evil grinning! I really liked how this game got us to think about our characters and how they behave, but it also familiarised everyone else with each other’s characters. This is important because we have to know how to interact with one another when we are devising all the scenes in the play.

All being drunk… the leading character was the Porter from Macbeth!

In the main part of the session, we split off into the two groups – the bad spirits, and the corrupt leaders and townsfolk. I am in the corrupt leader category. We ran through what we had worked out the week before, in terms of scene structure. Then we discussed how our characters would interact because we had done more research about them in that past week (our corrupt leaders are Lady Macbeth and Richard III – there’s a complicated power complex!). I found improvising the scene quite hard because I wasn’t 100% comfortable in my character, but after talking it through, I managed to stay in role and do it. It felt good!

I think I have improved in…

–  Improvisation

–  Understanding a character’s motives and how they would act in certain situations

Maya, Senior Group Youth Theatre Member

Shakespeare and choreography

April 29th, 2018 | Posted by Rachel in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


This session we organised what characters we were having in our play. In the end we decided that we were going to put Shakespeare characters in the (already decided) base story of the Pied Piper. Then we split up into two groups and begun to make our scenes.

This session my group created a scene which was Puck(the pied piper) leading the mischievous and evil spirits away(the rats). We included 1 lift, 1 comedic part and 1 synchronised movement.

I learnt a lot about Shakespeare, I found out what we were doing for our play and I learnt how to do a lift.

Adrian, Senior Group Youth Theatre Member

Follow me…

April 22nd, 2018 | Posted by Rachel in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Session on 19/04/2018

This week was the first week back after the Easter holidays. In the Senior Group we went out into the woods to find a place where our final performance would be and voted on different aspects of the show.

Here is one of the freeze frames that one group did. The photo was taken at dusk!

One activity I enjoyed was at the beginning of the session where we all stood in a circle with our eyes shut. One of us was tapped on the shoulder and that person would be the leader. When we all opened our eyes the leader had to make it clear to everyone else that they were the leader without being too obvious, like saying that they were the leader. We did this once and most of us managed to guess who the leader was. The second time, however, everyone was tapped so it was quite confusing as you would be trying to make someone think you were the leader at the same time as them trying to convince you. The aim of this was to make us think about leadership and how being in charge felt compared to following others.

We also did an activity where we got into groups of 4 and made some freeze frames showing corrupt leadership. This was to link with our theme this term of the Pied Piper story where the corrupt leadership is the Mayor not paying the Piper for his work. My first group had three of us at the bottom of a path working at a river and I was at the top looking down at them. We also split into two larger groups and did a short piece in the style of ‘follow the leader’ where one person was the leader and they led everyone in a line behind them. The people who were following had to mimic the movements and personality of the leader to show how they believed what they thought the leader was doing was right.

Some skills that I improved upon this session were:

~ Freeze framing

~ Thinking about how a space would be good for a show

Dillon, Senior Group Youth Theatre Member

Challenge Yourself

March 1st, 2018 | Posted by Rachel in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Our Senior group spent a term working on something that would challenge them – based on discussions, they decided to work in 3 groups on 3 completely different things:

  1. writing and devising a performance piece
  2. design
  3. ma
    king a film of monologue performances

We took Bertolt Brecht’s Good Person On Szechwan as our starting point and they took this off in some awesome directions.





Playing with Ideas for a New Show

March 15th, 2017 | Posted by Rachel in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)


We are now thinking about creating new devised pieces for our Summer Shows in the woods.  Here are the Intermediate Group playing with ideas on the theme of It’s The End Of The World (As We Know It). Huge potential here!



Wonderful Night for a Fire and a Show

December 20th, 2016 | Posted by Rachel in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

We finished the Growtheatre Youth Theatre term on a lovely mild and starry night, with some great performances, fun games, appreciative audiences, awesome fire and marshmallows.
Merry Christmas one and all!

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Growtheatre Youth Theatre Summer Shows

July 8th, 2016 | Posted by Rachel in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Growtheatre Youth Theatre had its Summer Show in early July and we were blessed with beautiful weather. The kids were brilliant and audience BIG!!! Gorgeous day moving round the sunny woods watching creative and collaborative children and young people at work! Well done guys!

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May 16th, 2016 | Posted by Rachel in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Today the sun was shining when I went into the woods with 14 intrepid Y3, Y4, and Y5 pupils from Saint Marie’s Primary School. We worked all afternoon in the woods and had a fabulous time, work included creating these gorgeous Boggarts creeping out of stones and trees for Reception and Year One to find on Wednesday. Can’t wait to see their reactions!

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