Spotlites @ Kings Theatre is a professional theatre company, based in Chatham, Kent and founded 18 years ago. We specialise in interactive theatre for children and produce an extensive year long programme which we also tour both nationally and internationally. We also visit schools both with productions and our immersive workshops. This year we especially enjoyed our residency with Danecourt Special School in Gillingham. We tour to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for six weeks each summer, where we take up residence at our own venue: Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall. Rachel Thomson-King is our Artistic Director and writes specifically for the company and its renowned interactive style, which she originated.
Previous plays for children, all of which have been total Fringe sell-outs, include:
Peter Pan on Dinosaur Island: ‘This is exactly what every show for kids should be like’ ThreeWeeks
Magic Porridge Pot: ‘A great introduction to theatre’ Herald
The Enormous Turnip: ‘So perfect’ ThreeWeeks
Sleeping Beauty and the Time Lords: ‘Take, make, bend time to see this show!’ Broadway Baby; British Theatre Guide
Robin Hood: ‘Original... innovative... Robin Hood is a play in every sense’ Stage
Rapunzel - May the Force be with you! ‘Inspired... fusion of epic sci-fi... A delight!’ ThreeWeeks
Treasure Island: ‘Outstanding, highly original interactive theatre’ Stage
Drama Workshops for 5-12s: ‘Wow-tastic’ British Theatre Guide
Spotlites has also been honoured at Edinburgh with consecutive sell-out awards and the ‘ThreeWeeks Editor’s Choice Award 2011’.
Spotlites runs a Youth Theatre for children and young people aged 4-30 years. Our sessions encompass drama, dance, singing, improvisation, voice, mask, contemporary texts, Shakespeare, physical theatre, musical theatre, comedy and work by theatrical practitioners. Our emphasis is on fun and imagination! Spotlites has sessions in Medway, Maidstone and Sittingbourne and in January starts new classes in Hoo and Gravesend. Spotlites also runs drama and dance for adults and also for Adults with Learning Difficulties. Our Youth Theatre stages many productions to the highest standards both at own theatre and on tour around Kent and to Edinburgh. Our Children's Theatre stages productions too both with the Youth Theatre and on their own including: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’; ‘Danny the Champion of the World’; ‘The Railway Children’; ‘Into the Woods’ and ‘Seussical the Musical’.
They have both received excellent reviews including:
Tommy: ‘A must’ Edinburgh Guide; ‘Phenomenal’ Broadway Baby
Othello: ‘Outstanding… I woke up still thinking about it’ Open University
The Gift of the Gorgon: ‘Thought provoking theatre’ ThreeWeeks
Spotlites Youth Theatre is one of the highest profile youth theatres in the country - many students progress on to the top drama colleges, some straight into the profession; including lead roles in ‘Buddy’, 'Hamlet' and ‘The Lion King’ or backstage roles at many leading theatres including Opera North and the Royal Opera House. We specialise in innovative theatre and have worked on seven youth theatre productions in the last year ranging from Shakespeare to rock musicals, We have over 600 young people aged 5-30 years come to us every week for workshops, training and rehearsals.
Our Mission Statement:
We aim to create innovative theatre for, with and by young people aged 5-30yrs, through workshops and performances. We are dedicated to working with young people from all walks of life and educational, racial and economic backgrounds, regardless of disability, gender or sexual orientation. It is our determination to enrich the artistic life of young people in a caring, challenging and stimulating way.
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