Reasons to book
'Roy Williams has triumphed once again… a very powerful piece that is commendably executed by a young and talented cast.'
Lauren Walters, One Stop Arts
'I brought a group of Year 11 drama students, and for the purposes of a 2000 word essay it was perfect: it totally engaged them, there is loads for them to write about, the themes are very relevant and strong and the performances were excellent.'
Audience member / Teacher
- We engage with national and local educational initiatives connected to our productions i.e. Black History Month
Advice for the Young at Heart can be used to creatively explore a period of time pivotal to Black History in the UK: the "Windrush" and in particular, the Notting Hill Riots of 1958. As the script crosses two eras - the 1950's and the present day - the performance provides a dynamic springboard into the lives, relationships and circumstances of individuals, then and now.
Online resources providing ideas for sesions relating to Black History month will be available from September 2013. Click here for more information and resources for other productions.
- We offer carefully planned and relevant post-show workshops
We consult with drama teachers already familiar with our work in order to make sure that our workshops provide an enriching and meaningful extension to our performances. These sessions are focused on delivering a specific skill or technique demonstrated in the performance, or used in the development/rehearsal process and are led by the actors.
For Advice for the Young at Heart, the workshop is entitled From fact to fiction: creating stories and characters from real life to fiction. More details here.
- We can acommodate individual classes or whole year groups
We have an upper limit of 120 places in the audience and they can be filled by one class, two classes or - depending on the size of your school - a whole year group. If you have a raked seating bank then this upper limit can be extended - we just want to make sure that every student has a good view.
- We provide a challenging learning experience with relevance to the curriculum
Each play we produce is a rich resource for exploring the world, shedding new light on challenging and complex issues and providing a holistic learning experience for young people. Advice for the Heart at Heart is extremely well placed to animate key parts of the National Curriculum and those areas of learning that that stand outside it. In this comprehensive list of curriculum links, you will find detailed information about how the production, workshops and our online resources can stimulate learning in the areas of English, Drama and PSHE.
- We work with the very best of new writing talent
Advice for the Young at Heart is a brand new play written especially for Theatre Centre by award winning playwright Roy Williams.
- We have got sixty years of experience behind us
In the 1950’s, we were one of the first companies to start making and touring child-centred theatre into schools. In the 1960’s, we received our first Arts Council grant. In the 1970’s, we dived into the changes sweeping across the UK - our work reflecting the social and political upheaval of the times. In the 1980’s, we introduced our integrated casting policy and launched one of the countries’ first Women’s company. In the 1990’s, we focused on boosting the quality of our production values to match the quality of our writing.
At the start of the 21st century, we continued to produce outstanding new writing for young audiences across the country, in both primary and secondary schools. Since 2010, we have become a National Portfolio Organisation, thus continuing to receive core funding from the Arts Council and the only NPO to be touring original plays across the UK for young people aged 4-18. This year, we turn 60 and celebrate sixty years of making the best work for some of the most curious minds in the country. Come and be part of our story.