News from the Cube!

News from the Cube!

Hello to all of our students and parents in Hampton, Teddington, Twickenham, Richmond, Isleworth, Kingston, Esher, Epsom and beyond!

With scripts going out this week, I glanced at our mailing list and was amazed how far our students travel to join us at Dramacube each week.

Forever trying to find positives in our current situation I took comfort in knowing that, for the next few weeks, those of you coming from further afield will at least save travel time and no doubt petrol costs.

The news of the latest lockdown measures on Wednesday evening came as no surprise but, if I may have a little moan, I still felt hugely frustrated that our students have been affected once again. It seems so many non-essential businesses have been given exemption from the rules, yet educational & creative services are once again badly hit.

On a more positive note, we have found a way forward and we are really excited about our Christmas projects.

Our younger group, who meet in Hampton Hill, will be embarking on a journey to Never Land where they’ll be meeting Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook and a host of other colourful characters.

Peter Pan has always been one of my favourite stories, and our production at Hampton Hill Theatre a couple of years ago was such a pleasure to work on. I’m sure Katie will have lots of exiting ideas to bring the classic adventure to life with her group on Saturday morning.

Our older students, some of whom have already started on their Christmas project, are working on an original script created by myself and Abbey.

We decided to start with an exercise to help students to really understand the importance of relationships between their characters. We had so much fun with it on Tuesday and Wednesday last week and this has now been developed into a script.

It is Christmas Eve and there is great concern that Santa will not visit those children who’ve been naughty throughout lockdown.

All the Christmas characters including, Rudolph, Olaf, Elsa, Scrooge and Mariah Carey, are meeting to discuss this most important issue.

The outcome of the meeting will be revealed in December when we perform at Hampton Hill Theatre but rest assured there will be much fun had, with Christmas songs and lots of jokes, in the build up towards our performance.

I have found myself saying this many times over the past six months but I must once again pay tribute to our students for their resilience and positivity which shines through no matter how many setbacks are thrown our way. We very much look forward to seeing everyone on Zoom starting this Saturday and welcoming you all back to our venues across the Richmond borough in a few weeks.

To all of our parents, I thank you for your ongoing support and we can’t wait to see you back in the Theatre this Christmas.

Wishing you a happy and healthy lockdown!

Stephen Leslie