Shakespeare and choreography

April 29th, 2018 | Posted by Rachel - (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 - (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 - (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 - (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 - (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 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 - (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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Summer Youth Theatre

May 6th, 2016 | Posted by Rachel - (2 Comments)

Now that the clocks have gone back, we can work outside in light with all 3 groups – I love the summer term!


Nelly who is a large and careless dragon sat down on top of the little folk’s village and destroyed all their homes – so Growtheatre Junior Group rebuilt the homes of the wee people who lived there!

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Rehearsals in the woods tonight with our Intermediate Youth Theatre were lush! Gorgeous weather, creative juices flowing and lots done. Photos testify to their creative work.

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Brilliant session with our Senior group too but we had to beat a hasty retreat when we were attached by millions of midges!  We managed to work out the majority of the plot line for our devised piece, find a location for each scene and develop to scenes. Photos do not do them justice!

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Youth Theatre Starts Again – Autumn 2015

September 27th, 2015 | Posted by Rachel - (0 Comments)

After a lovely, long summer Growtheatre Youth Theatre started last Thursday in Ecclesall Woods.  It was brilliant to see so many familiar faces back again all ready and raring to go and lovely to welcome many new children and young people trying us out.

It felt truly Autumnal as the Junior Group got very excited about developing scenes about wolves in the rain under the canopy of Ecclesall Woods. The Intermediate Group has lots of new members and we spent lots of time playing new and familiar games so that we could all start to get to know each other and as the light began to fade, we took torches outside to make some outdoor drama.  The final session of the night was our brand new Senior Group – there was much laughter and chat as the group worked hard to get to know each other – they did loads of brilliant work all of it felt fun.

So great to start a new Youth Theatre year with such lovely, creative kids in such an amazing setting!



Crafting The Land, From Seed To Table

July 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Rachel - (0 Comments)