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Plays for Youth Theatre

Calderdale Theatre School has several original plays available for performance by other youth theatres. All have been successful and are available with production notes.

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Calderdale Theatre School is the Youth Theatre for young people from all over Calderdale. We currently have 85 members - young people aged 11 - 19 drawn from every area of the borough. Formed in 1968 by the Education Department as part of the arts provision and as a companion school for the Music School and the P. E. School, we have been an independent voluntary organisation since 1992.

We meet every Saturday in term time when the students get the opportunity to work with professional actors and drama teachers on theatre based skills workshops. These cover all aspects of theatre including mime, improvisation, directing and voice. We draw on a wide network of practitioners (some of them ex-students) to provide specialist workshops on dance, stage fighting, mask work, Alexander technique, stand up comedy and many more.

We try to give our students the opportunity to take part in full length productions in professional venues. Each year we try to choose scripts so that they have a very different performing experience. In the last few years we have put on productions of The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Brecht, Oliver Twist by Neil Bartlett, His Dark Materials, adapted from the Northern Lights trilogy of novels by Philip Pullman by Nicholas Wright for the National Theatre, Coram Boy, adapted from the award winning novel by Jamila Gavin for the National Theatre, Alan Bennett's adaptation of Wind in the Willows, The Wicked Lady by Bryony Lavery complete with trapezes and music written by the cast. We have also performed a selection of one act plays: The Pilgrimage by Paul Goetzee, School Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Daisy Campbell, Rumour and the Rope Trick by Tom Bidwell and A Year and a Day by Christina Reid, After Juliet by Sharman MacDonald, Cuba by Liz Lochhead and The Queen Must Die by David Farr.

Each year we take part in the Halifax Festival and over the last few years we have performed 1968 a devised play to celebrate our 40th anniversary, Ruckus in the Garden by David Farr rehearsed and staged in 24 hours, One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, a joint evening of Theatre and Music. We are currently rehearsing a production of Private Peaceful for Halifax Festival 2013.

In 2012 we took part in National Theatre Connections and performed at Square Chapel, Halifax, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds and at the National Theatre on the South Bank in London more about this on the productions pages. The Year 8 & 9 group devised and wrote a site specific piece, Minster Mysteries about and performed in the atmospheric surroundings of Halifax Minster.

This year we have performed a new adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Theresa Heskins and a brand new play specially written for Theatre School, The Monkey King.

You can see more details and photographs of many of the above on the production pages as well as our Facebook page.


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