Kettering people learn the ropes at theatre group

Georgie Cunningham, Harry Hinxman, Abbey Scrimshaw and Chris Lynch
Georgie Cunningham, Harry Hinxman, Abbey Scrimshaw and Chris Lynch

People have been given the chance to learn the art of directing thanks to a new scheme at a Kettering theatre group.

The scheme aims to give people the opportunity to get hands-on experience of stage production.

And members of C&D Productions are getting ready for opening night as they put the finishing touches to their first show.

The FutureProof project launched this summer in a bid to get people who love theatre involved with all elements of production, both on and off the stage. So far, it has proved to be a success with teenagers in the area.

From Thursday to Saturday this week (July 9 to 11) their first finished productions of Bedtime Tales – a series of three adaptations of classic children’s stories Alice in Wonderland, Red Riding Hood and Hansel & Gretel – will be coming to the stage at William Toller Hall.

Seventeen-year-old Abbey Scrimshaw is co-director of the Alice in Wonderland production.

She said: “It’s really different from anything I had done before.

“It’s a life experience and I would encourage other people to get involved.”

The theatre company has now offered her the chance to continue working with them on other projects.

Artistic director at C&D Productions Chris Lynch said: “The scheme has been a tremendous success.

“There are so many people wanting to get involved that we are making the scheme an ongoing part to the company.”

Georgie Cunningham has been a member of the theatre company for the past year and, though she started out performing onstage with the group, she has since become involved delivering theatre workshops to local primary schools.

Now, about to begin work on a one-act play with C&D, she said: “Without C&D I wouldn’t be having the opportunity to direct.”

For more information on C&D Productions and how to get involved yourself visit

For tickets to any of the Bedtime Tales productions, visit