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A New Chapter for Imaginary Communities

Chol’s approach to drama education, Imaginary Communities (IC), is entering an exciting new chapter. Let’s leaf through the story so far… The Story So Far Imaginary Communities (IC) is Chol’s unique approach to drama education. IC promotes play and imagination to aid writing and integrate theatre into the wider curriculum. In giving children the opportunity to create their own worlds and characters…

Be a Young Ambassador for Woven Festival!

As part of the Woven, a textiles festival happening in Kirklees this summer, Chol are launching Young Ambassadors Right Now (YARN), a new programme that will empower 14-19-year-olds to grow knowledge of local craft and heritage amongst young people in Kirklees. Why become a young ambassador?Woven festival is just the beginning of a long-term programme focused on the rich history of textile…

University of Manchester Case Study

As part of our work, we train drama undergraduate students and trainee teachers in our groundbreaking Imaginary Communities practice. One notable example of this is at the University of Manchester, where Vicky Storey, Creative Director at Chol, has been teaching IC on the Drama in Education module for the second year running.  Jordan Jones was one of the students on last year’s course,…

Escape Realms

“There’s really nothing to worry about… may I see your papers and passport?” What with meaningful votes, conflicting reports, and divided parties, it’s tricky to predict what the future will look like. Over in Rotherham, young people are imagining how it would feel to take matters into their own hands as part of Chol’s Equal Players project. There is a form of…

Meet Gala – Our Work Experience Student!

POSTED OCTOBER 4, 2018 BY CHOL THEATRE “O she doth teach the torches to burn bright” Hi, I’m Gala Baldacci, I’m 15 years old and I go to the North Halifax Grammar School. As part of my year 11 work experience I have been lucky enough to work with Chol Theatre on their ‘Our Biennale’ residency at the North Huddersfield Trust School to help with their production…

Stop Press! 55 Children Are Authors of a New Story Book!

Stop Press! 55 Children Are Authors of a New Story Book! POSTED SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 BY CHOL THEATRE Professor Abdullah’s Metal Metropolis and Other Imaginary Communities ‘The people celebrated with a shooting fireball disco party on a rollercoaster. Everyone’s wishes had come true.’ Autumn has arrived and it seems like the perfect time to share our brilliant news. Our first ever children’s book has been created with…

A History of Pleasure Grounds

POSTED SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 BY CHOL THEATRE [Blog post by Lauren Ash] This Saturday 22nd September, history will be repeated as audience members witness scenes of a bygone era when a popular leisure industry of the past is brought to life. The leisure business expanded rapidly throughout the Victorian period as a variety of pleasure pursuits became accessible and available to the wider public. This change occurred…

Performers Required for an Exciting Community Project!

POSTED SEPTEMBER 2, 2018 BY CHOL THEATRE Performers Required for an Exciting Community Project! What?Sticklebacks & Swingboats – The Stories of Hope Bank Where?Honley Feast 2018 (Honley Cricket Club) Who?Volunteers aged 16+ who would like to either perform or assist backstage – no experience necessary! When?Sat 22nd September (see below for dates for taster sessions and rehearsals) A gorgeous piece of community theatre is coming to…

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