Alderney, 18 JULY 2023: The objective and raison d’être of the Alderney Theatre Group is to promote dramatic arts in Alderney. And, just about every year since its formation in 1949, the group has been true to its promise: producing shows, plays and entertainment, some home-grown and some imported from the UK or the other Channel Islands.

It also sees one of its principal roles as encouraging the young generation to develop and promote their theatrical talents and last week the Alderney Theatre Group teamed up with Guernsey’s Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts Community Project to host its first-ever Youth Drama Workshop.

The course was run by Artistic Director Oli Davies and tutors Kate Kellaway and Ruby Tapp (both from the TGI College for Performing Arts) , and took place from 14-16 July in the Alderney Island Hall.

From the very outset, all 17 youngsters taking part (aged 9-17) were determined to achieve their ambitions to develop their acting, singing and dancing skills and – to the great delight of their surprised parents –  performed their very own 20-minute non-stop show at the end of the workshop.

Oli Davies, Artistic Director of the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts and Tin Whistle Productions, said: “I am so pleased to have been invited to Alderney to work with the young performers on Island. As a tutor at The Guernsey Institute (formerly College of FE) I have been lucky enough to work with a few young performers from the Island and it was a real pleasure to meet the next generation.

We were blown away by the energy, commitment and talent of the young people we met. We ran fast paced workshops and it was quickly obvious that we were able to stretch and challenge them to exceed our expectations. It was lovely to get to see them develop their skills in acting, singing and dancing as well as watch their confidence and interpersonal skills develop.

It is always a challenge when working with a broad age range (9-17 in this case) but all 17 students interacted well with each other and were inclusive and supportive of each other. It is a testament to the Island’s community that their young people have such care for the younger children.

I have been lucky enough, over the years, to be involved In a few Performing Arts pieces for Alderney and always love spending time on the Island. It is clear that there is a need to support this area more and I will be working over the summer to see what other opportunities there may be.

Obviously we are also hopeful to be invited back again next year to run another Summer School as we have loved this experience. I would like to thank Alex Flewitt for initially contacting me and Ilona Soane-Sands for all her organisational skill, but most of all I would like to thank the 17 young people who made it an utter joy to run the workshops and I hope they, and their families are very proud of what they achieved, as I know we 

This Youth Drama Workshop, hosted and sponsored by the Alderney Theatre Group, was free of charge for all participants.

We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to the Guernsey Arts Commission for their grant and the States of Alderney for the free use of the Island Hall. But most of all, we would like to thank Oli Davies, Kate Kellaway and Ruby Tapp for their professional coaching, their patience and enthusiasm, and for turning our young thespians into little stars of the stage, “ said Lee Flewitt, Chairman of the Alderney Theatre Group.   ENDS

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