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Acting skills workshops with Playing Safe at Lawrence Batley Theatre

Ever wanted to develop acting skills and perform in front of an audience?

Then why not join the new Playing Safe acting troupe which will use performance to highlight safeguarding issues.

Adults working with community organisations and groups, volunteers and carers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to come along to the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield for a weekly acting workshop.

With funding from Kirklees Council Community Partnerships the workshop will run over 14 weeks. Participants will have the chance to build their skills in acting from script, improvising off-the-cuff and audience participation. They’ll even take part in seven performances at various community venues across Kirklees in Spring 2012.

Workshops start on Tuesday September 27 from 10am to 1pm. They will be facilitated by Cathy Denford, Director of Risky Things Theatre Company, and actors from her team. This professional company has been running successful safeguarding projects in Kirklees for some years now. These include live drama and film/DVD projects performing alongside local actors from the community.

The troupe will explore some hard hitting, and lively stories about the risks of abuse that may exist for older people. It aims to help people consider what they could do to prevent or deal with these challenges, whilst entertaining them with strong, and at times funny drama. Scripts have been developed based on careful research, and tested in performance by Risky Things last year where they received very positive feedback from audiences.

Cllr Molly Walton, Kirklees Council, Joint Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “The workshops are a great way of highlighting the risk of abuse some people may face. I’m looking forward to seeing the theatre production and hope they go some way in tackling the sensitive issue of vulnerable adult abuse. Abuse can mean various forms of force, threats and fraud. It can be physical, sexual, psychological, discriminatory and financial. It also includes failure to provide care or attention to the point where someone’s health or safety is at risk.

"Anyone who believes that they – or someone they know – is being abused should call Kirklees Council’s Gateway to care on 01484 223000 or for more information visit the website at"

Madeleine Thorne, Participation Officer / Youth Theatre Director at the Lawrence Batley Theatre said: “This project is a fantastic opportunity for local people to work with theatre professionals to develop their drama skills and to gain valuable (and enjoyable) performance experience. The participants will also have the satisfaction of knowing that they will be helping to raise awareness about some very important issues. We at the LBT can’t wait to get started on the project!”

Spaces are limited and available on a first come, first served basis so book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information or to sign up contact Madeleine by email at or phone 01484 484450.