Take Part participants take over Salisbury Playhouse

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Resident contemporary dance company Dance Six-0

Salisbury Playhouse is showcasing its Take Part participants this summer with performances from Beginners Please schoolchildren and BTEC students, Stage 65 Tidworth, Mind the Gap and Dance Six-0. Performers of all ages will be treading the boards, from 6 year olds to those in their 80s.

The annual BTEC summer showcase returned with a musical twist. The Play’s the Thing which featured wedding scenes from various plays was presented by 27 BTEC students on Wednesday 14 June in the main house.

Stage 65 Tidworth – the arm of the youth theatre that meets weekly at Wellington Academy in Tidworth – performed on Friday 16 June, also in the main house, with a walk through production on the history of theatre through young people’s eyes.  Expect Greek mask work in the foyer, Shakespearean language in the auditorium and a fairy tale on the main stage.

June sees a massive celebration of Beginners Please, Salisbury Playhouse’s year-round project with primary school pupils.  Over five weeks, nearly 1,000 school children from 19 schools will perform to families and friends. Schools have been working on a huge variety of themes, including ‘Strictly’, rock musicals and traditional tales.

Then, in July, community groups take over The Salberg for a week of fabulous performances:

On Monday 17 July there will be a chance to hear the results of our first Original Drama competition.  Over 50 young people from years 7, 8 and 9 have written new pieces of theatre. Following judging by teachers, directors and writers, the top six will be performed as rehearsed readings.

Our over 50s theatre group Mind the Gap and 16+ Stage 65 Youth Theatre members are collaborating for one night only on Tuesday 18 July. Join them for a theatrical journey exploring the magic, mysticism and memories of our unique local landscape, inspired by Salisbury Museum’s British Art: Ancient Landscapes exhibition.

On Thursday 20 July Salisbury Playhouse’s resident contemporary dance company Dance Six-0 performs in The Salberg.  The group has worked with choreographers from Lila Dance and renowned performer Liz Agiss to create what promises to be a surprising and entertaining evening to challenge perceptions and demonstrate we are never too old to dance.

Finally on Saturday 22 July, Tom Sherman, Performing and Production Arts course leader at Salisbury Playhouse, will be taking to the stage. Tom has himself gone back to school and is undertaking a Master’s degree through Staffordshire University.  For his final project he is staging a production of She Stoops To Conquer, working with Playhouse staff, exploring collaborative and embodied techniques for producing a classical play.

Take Part Programme Manager Louise Dancy said: “It will be a Take Part takeover of Salisbury Playhouse from June to July. This is a celebration of the diversity of the projects that we run.”

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