Banbury’s Cherwell Theatre Company are delighted to announce their fourth annual ‘play in a week’ drama workshop this July.
“This is another exciting opportunity for Oxfordshire’s young theatre-makers to work with industry professionals” said Artistic Director, Tristan Jackson-Pate. “2018 saw our largest number of participants yet and this year is set to be even bigger, with CTC running two workshops concurrently.”
Participants aged 13 and over will present a new play, ‘Gargantua’ by Carl Grose. Mr Jackson-Pate, who will direct the show said “Gargantua is a high octane farce about a giant baby smashing up a town. It’s wild, eccentirc and wickedly funny with great opportunities both for young performers and those interested in technical theatre to interpret some challenging stage directions! ”.
Participants aged 7-12 years will present ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl in an adaptation by David Wood. This loved and well known story follows the truly awful Mr and Mrs Twit as they play tricks on each other whilst stealing a family of monkeys and attempting to run a circus.
Sophie Beckinsale will direct the first ever 7-12s summer workshop. “This is a really exciting moment for CTC as we build on the successes of our after school clubs in local primary schools” she said. “Due to the generous support from Boutell Bequest and the Co-op Community Fund, places are just £50.00 for the week. CTC always aim to make our work as inclusive and accessible as possible, so bursary places are available to those who need them”.
The workshops will run at Banbury College, Broughton Road from Monday July 29 – Friday August 2 from 10am-5pm. The performances are free to attend and will take place at 2:30pm on Friday August 2 at the General Foods Club, Banbury, who have also kindly supported the project.
In the coming weeks, local schools and community centres in Grimsbury and Bretch Hill will receive free drama workshops with a number of bursary places available to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who wish to take part in the summer projects.