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This summer, Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol will run its popular Summer Schools for children and young people aged between 4 and 19.

With group sessions split into the 4-6, 7-11, 11-13 and 14-19 age groups, participants will work with highly experienced theatre practitioners to develop their drama skills through games, imaginative play, role play and storytelling. Using acting, writing, crafts and prop making, there is something here for everyone. Each day, children will be encouraged to expand their self-confidence, communication ability and team work skills, culminating in a special performance at the end of the course in the venue’s Factory Theatre.

Ailie deBonnaire, Programming & Engagement Manager at Tobacco Factory Theatres, said, “We’re delighted that our popular Summer Schools are returning over the school holidays. The sessions are always a lot of fun, very creative with a range of physical and craft activities. It’s a great opportunity for young people to make new friends and, of course, they get to share their experience with friends and family at the end of the Summer School with a performance in our main house.”

Each Summer School runs for a week, with sessions for 4-13 year-olds starting on Monday 25 July and 14-19 year-olds from Monday 1 August:

It’s not just young people who can Get Involved at Tobacco Factory Theatres this summer, adults are also invited to make a play in a week from 1 August. The team behind Acting Lab – the theatre’s hugely popular sell-out weekly acting classes for adults – is offering grown-ups a chance to create, rehearse and perform a play in just six days. Working intensively and collaboratively with a theatre Director, participants will go on a journey of creativity and discovery and perform their work to family and friends at the end of the week:

“Our Get Involved programme continues to grow year on year and we’re thrilled to be offering opportunities for people of all ages to take part and learn new skills through theatre workshops such as these,” continues Ailie. “This autumn we are launching a new weekly youth theatre for three-five year olds and in the new year we’re introducing a new Mother & Baby/Toddler Dance session which will offer parents a space to come together and get creative with their little ones. This will be the perfect introduction to our Get Involved programme for the very youngest of all participants, who will hopefully go on to take part in our pathway of activities for all the age groups through to adulthood in the future. Come get creative with us!”

To find out more about Tobacco Factory Theatres’ Get Involved programme please visit: