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Young actors living within the Staffordshire area are being given the opportunity to learn, create and perform a show on the professional stage in just one week. The Lichfield Garrick is to host a summer workshop at the theatre from Monday 14th to Friday 18th August. The forthcoming summer school workshop is aimed at children aged between eight and 16. The award winning theatre company New Old Friends is to host the week-long workshop in the Garrick's studio theatre.

New Old Friends
Heather Westwell and Feargus Woods Dunlop from New Old Friends


Led by Heather Westwell and Feargus Woods Dunlop, the workshop promises to be a week of fun, games and theatrical exploration around the theme of letters. Participants will learn how to create memorable characters, how to tell a story, pull it apart and then tell it again in a totally new way, and, most importantly, how to delight an audience. There will be a performance at the end of the week to present what the students have created during the workshop. Feargus founded New Old Friends in 2008 and Heather joined after meeting him following the company's debut show, Mate. Together they have built New Old Friends into a national touring presence producing engaging, accessible shows that aim to make people laugh. At the same time they also got married in 2012. Since the company's creation, New Old Friends have gone on to be named a finalist in the Arts category of The Bath Life Awards 2017 and a finalist in two categories (Organisation & Writer) at the Creative Bath Awards 2017.

Crimes Against Christmas. Pamela Raith Photography
Heather and Feargus starred in Crimes Against Christmas last year


Heather and Feargus make a welcome return to the Lichfield Garrick after producing and starring in the critically acclaimed 'anti-panto' Crimes Against Christmas which was reviewed by Weekend Notes during its run in November last year. Feargus said of the summer workshops at the Garrick: "This is a wonderful opportunity to work with young people and draw out their talents and ideas in a fun, accessible but challenging week of work. Youth theatre is so important, the week will be fantastic, but the best creation of the week will be the friendships and memories shared by the group. We love to create our own shows for the Lichfield Garrick. In last year's Christmas show we actually cast an actor who had been part of a youth theatre run by Tim Ford (Lichfield Garrick's Artistic Director). We are really excited to once again be working at the Garrick and we're sure we're going to create a wonderful Summer School company and have a lot of fun."

Lichfield Garrick
Lichfield Garrick to hold a summer school workshop in August


The week long Summer School Workshop runs at the Lichfield Garrick from Monday 14th to Friday 18th August and costs £150 per child. Sibling discounts are available. Places are limited and are on a first come, first served basis and must be booked through the theatre's box office on 01543 412121 or in person.
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Why? Children Invited To Test Their Theatrical Ability During Summer Workshop
When: 14 - 18 August 2017
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: £150 for the entire workshop
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