Kettering theatre company launches summer workshops

C&D Productions stage Macbeth

C&D Productions stage Macbeth

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A Kettering theatre company fresh from performing at the Brighton Fringe Festival has launched two new courses to give people of all ages a chance to get involved in all elements of stage performance and theatre production.

Ahead of their latest production of Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet, showing from Friday, May 29, to Sunday, May 31, at the Corn Market Hall, C&D Productions directors Chris Lynch and Dan Pothecary said the new summer schemes will allow anyone interested in theatre to “flex their creative muscles”.

One of the projects, New Voices, will be a weekend creative-writing workshop for people interested in playwriting to come and share their work, while the second, Future-Proof, will offer work experience to young people in everything from directing, to stage management, to lighting and sound technology.

Mr Lynch, who will be running the groups, said: “New Voices will be like an engine room of written creativity, giving people who are interested in writing a place to have a coffee, bring their work and meet like-minded people.

“There will be chances to put plays on the stage as well.”

The group, open to people of all ages, will be based at The Yards development in Kettering.

Future-Proof, he said, will focus on promoting theatre itself across the county.

He said: “It will provide a platform for people to flex their creative muscles and have a go working on all aspects of theatre in a space where they will be appreciated and valued. We never say no and will always find a way to accommodate anyone.

“The idea is that each ‘intern’ will be paired up with a more experienced mentor.

“We have already started this scheme with our Sherlock Holmes production - my co-director Abbey Scrimshaw is 17.”

As well as beginning auditions for their productions of Chekhov’s The Seagull and Dracula next month, they will be getting involved in the inaugural Kettfest event and have just finished performing their sell-out production of Macbeth at this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival.

The group does not charge membership fees to get involved but asks for a £10 donation towards each production.

Mr Lynch said: “Our aim is to make theatre accessible for everyone.

“When I was younger I simply wouldn’t have been able to afford to be involved in local plays, but I think that everyone should have an equal chance to act or have a go in any part of theatre.”

To find out more about productions or the summer schemes with C&D Productions, based at Keystone Youth Centre in Rockingham Road, visit www.cd-productions.co.uk/contact-us.php or the company’s Facebook page.