The year so far…
This year has already been busy for us- and it’s not even our performance season yet! We started the year with performances of Boxes to students at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds.
We are now working on devising a piece of theatre for BEYOND festival with The Clown Space!
The Tour: Complete!
Practically Theatre recently completed its tour of Yorkshire, finishing with a performance at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre for Knaresborough Feva Festival. A highlight of the tour was performing at the Special Olympics of Great Britain, where the group also watched the swimming and athletics events. The reception for our latest performance ‘Boxes’ has been overwhelmingly positive, and we hope to develop this work further this year.
Our Latest show: BOXES
We are currently working on our latest show ‘Boxes’, which will be toured around Yorkshire this May- August. ‘Boxes’ is a devised theatre piece exploring what we can create from simple materials. We investigate what it means to be ‘put in a box’, what we can build from boxes, and the sounds, movements and stories they inspire.
This performance involves film, dance, music and movement.
Tour dates are:
(TBC) Wednesday 17th May- York St. John University- Co-Create Festival
Wednesday 31st May- Armley Mills- Café Performance
Wednesday 7th June- Kirk Deighton Village Hall- Fundraiser Performance
(TBC) Saturday 24th June- Leeds- Learning Disability Week
(TBC) Tuesday 8th August- Sheffield- Special Olympics Opening ceremony
Wednesday 16th August- Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre- Knaresborough Feva Festival
TBC: To be confirmed
Reflecting on Beyond
Practically Theatre spent 2016 devising a sketch show, parts of which would be performed at Beyond 2016. We took part in the performance day at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. We were very excited to be a part of a something at a professional venue alongside so many different organisations. Practically Theatre rehearse every week in Wetherby. We began rehearsal for our sketch show Life’s Like That in January 2016, and had the performance ready in May. We devise all our own work. We do this by using different drama games and activities to generate ideas, and then choose what we would like to focus on. In 2016 we went for comedy. We focus on the skills of each individual performer, so if someone wants to sing or dance, they will certainly get that opportunity! We performed our show at two venues in Wetherby and at Knaresborough Feva festival. Creating this show was a challenge for us as we aren’t used to performing so many times in so many different places, but we pulled it off! We can’t wait to do it again in the future.
Beyond was exciting for us as we were able to perform to a different audience that wouldn’t necessarily usually come and watch our performances. It was also a brilliant opportunity for us to perform at a high profile venue like the Playhouse, and be a part of such a vibrant, creative community!
On the day, we all enjoyed seeing the amazing work that was created by other organisations in the area. We loved Mind the Gap’s ‘chickens’, and were moved by the dance performance. Being a part of Beyond has been important for us in making connections with different organisations and meeting people we hope to develop work with in the future. It has definitely inspired us to really challenge ourselves creatively, but also think about how we can adapt work to suit different venues and audiences.
Find out more about the festival at Beyond Arts
‘Life’s Like That’ Hits Feva Festival
On 17th August Practically Theatre were excited to take their sketch show to Knaresborough Feva Festival and perform on the Urban Beach at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre. The company had worked hard on making their show more accessible to the Henshaws audience, by adding in audio description. The fantastic weather and beach at the centre made us feel like we were on holiday!
‘Play in a Week’ Perform Wishing Well
A new group of Practically Theatre actors had only 1 week to device a whole play! The end result was Wishing Well, a show about the things we wish for, be they good or bad! Wishing Well was performed on the 29th July at York St. John University.
Successful performances of ‘Life’s Like That’
Practically Theatre’s core drama group have taken to the stage to perform their comedy sketch show ‘Life’s Like That’. The group first performed at Kirk Deighton Village Hall on 18th May, then at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for Beyond Learning Disability and the Arts festival on 18th June. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their day at the Playhouse, both performing and watching all the other events happening that day. The company will perform the show again at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre as a part of Knaresborough Feva Festival. We hope to see you there on 17th August, 2pm!
‘Life’s Like That’
The core drama group are getting ready to perform their comedy sketch show at a number of venues in the area. First at Kirk Deighton Village Hall, then at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, then at Knaresborough Feva Festival! It’s going to be a busy summer! We are currently raising money to cover the cost of two free events. If you want to help us out please visit our Go Fund Me page.
Practically Theatre have been invited to participate in Beyond 2016, a learning disability arts festival taking place in Leeds.
The group have been working on a series of sketches that will be performed in the public areas of the West Yorkshire Playhouse!
Successful tour of The Story of Us
Practically Theatre’s performers took their Christmas show The Story of Us on a small tour of the Wetherby area this December. The group performed to friends and family at Wetherby Methodist Church, Wetherby Fulfilling Lives day centre and Chain Lane Community Hub to Harrogate Skills for Living. Audience feedback has been fantastic and we are thankful for all our supporters.
The Story of Us was devised by the performers and told the tale of a group of lonely people. They are magicked away to a mysterious forest and unite through a series of challenges.
Rehearsal, rehearsal, rehearsal…
The Wetherby group are currently in rehearsal for their next performance, which has the working title The Story of Us. It has a Christmas theme and we hope to perform it in a few venues around the local area.
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A successful Journey for Practically Theatre
On Wednesday the 8th July Practically Theatre’s Wetherby group performed Journey, a performance based on the Dr. Seuss poem Oh, the places you’ll go. The show had the audience dancing and clapping along and the performers enjoyed every minute. An audience member said “A wonderful occasion! I don’t know who enjoyed it more; the performers or the audience. Can’t wait for the next one!”
The group has been rehearsing since Easter for the performance at Kirk Deighton Village Hall, and their hard work certainly paid off. The show was a community event with a raffle and local artists selling their work. Sian Lewis- Original City Artwork who sold her work at says “as an artist I think it is incredibly important to support community arts and this performance was a great example of the fantastic work that is out there”.
The group is grateful to all the volunteers who helped make the event run smoothly including artist Francesca Young who photographed the day. We are also grateful to the Wetherby Lions who put funding towards the performance. During the rehearsal process the group had the pleasure of being visited by Emmerdale actress Zoe Henry who plays Rhona in the popular soap. The group appreciates the support and hope Zoe enjoyed her visit!
The group with Emmerdale Actress Zoe Henry
After the success of the performance the Wetherby group are keen to welcome new members. They rehearse every Wednesday 1:30pm- 3:30pm at the Wetherby Methodist church. Get in touch to reserve a free taster session.