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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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Teaching Staff

In order to provide a high quality experience for the young people, we draw on a large number of practitioners with a wide range of skills for 'one off' and short series of workshops. Over the last couple of years these have included actors and practitioners Adrienne Dean, Tara Brodin, John Laing, Jacquie Lambert, Bob Lockwood, David McQuillan, Nick McKie, Ian Pike, Taru Sinclair, David Smith, Debra Kidd, Jez Gregg, Dr Ian Stapleton and Simone Lewis. Working with these professionals we have run workshops on a wide range of skills including musical theatre, mask work, clowning, physical theatre, costume design, puppetry, stage fighting and script writing.

Our regular staff are:

Louise Clark

Louise works as an education associate for a number of established theatre companies, most recently Manchester Library Theatre, RSC, Birmingham REP and Action Factory. She has specific skills in visual theatre gained through training with Horse and Bamboo Theatre and founded Libellule Theatre which specialises in bringing theatre experiences to children aged 3 to 5. Libellule has recently toured to both Polka and the Unicorn Theatres in London and took part in the Out the Box Festival of Puppetry and Visual Theatre, Cape Town.

Stephen Finegold

Stephen works as an actor, director, writer, musician and teacher. As an actor he appears regularly at the New Vic in Stoke and has worked at most of the major theatres in the UK including the Royal National Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, and the Almeida Theatre, and has toured to New York and Tokyo. On television his most recent work involved appearances in My Family and Absolutely Fabulous and was last seen in Hustle. Stephen is an Associate director for Works Well Productions and has directed many plays for them. As a writer he has had several plays published, the most recent being Angels Never Forget.

Robert Garrett

Rob is a professional actor and voice teacher. He trained at RADA. His acting career spans from the rebellion leader Sir Thomas Wyatt in BBC's Elizabeth R through to more recent appearances in Emmerdale and Heartbeat. In recent years he has specialised in Theatre in Education and has worked with some of the foremost T.I.E. companies in the country. He worked as voice tutor with the drama students at the Bretton Hall campus of Leeds University. He has worked over the last few years with locally based Square Peg Theatre Company on several site specific plays written by Anna Carlyle. He was recently on Radio 4 playing Ted Hughes in the play about the poet’s childhood, Dreaming of Foxes.

Gillie Kerrod

Gillie trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and works as a professional actress in Theatre, Television and Voice over. Recently she recorded an audio book, The Burden by Agatha Christie writing as Mary Westmacott and works as a voice over artist recording educational material for children and adults. Gillie also works as a freelance drama workshop leader and has been working with Calderdale Theatre School since 1983. She has worked as a drama practitioner for many organisations including The National Trust, Leeds University, The National Media Museum, Wild Rose Theatre Arts, and currently for West Yorkshire Joint Partnerships, Q20 Theatre Company and The International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA).


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