Christmas Drama Workshops at Spotlites THIS week

Be sure not to miss out THIS week on Spotlites phenomenal Drama Workshops for 5-12s!

Drama Workshops at Spotlites are a magical way to grab a taste of theatre and fun this Christmas! They are also brilliant for introducing children; especially those who are new to theatre, into the beautiful world that helps them bring their favourite stories to life. The exciting new themes allow children to bring the tales close to their hearts alive when they jump into them and become immersed in the enchantment, mischief and fun that follows.

Spotlites amazing team of professional actors are brilliant at engaging each and every child into the joyousness and all have enhanced DBS checks, so you can drop off your children and collect them after the hour. Children can also stay through if they want to take part in more than one workshop, parents do not watch but are welcome to wait in Spotlites new cafe area.

Themes are available to suit all interests from joining the Rainbow fairies to bring some Rainbow Magic into Christmas, voyaging to the Pacific Islands with Moana, firing lasers with the Vision and shooting webs with Spiderman after a civil war breaks the Avengers apart and being whisked away into the mystical world of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to save Christmas! If Star Wars is more their thing, children can join Rogue One to battle Storm Troopers to steal the plans for the Death Star! Or join Frankie’s Magic Football gang and save the lost elf in time for Christmas!

With the company’s illustrious reputation, style and experience of interactive performance, children of all ages will definitely not be disappointed. Reviewers have shared their thoughts on the experience and they reflect on the brilliance of the workshops offered:

***** “WOW-tastic” – British Theatre Guide

***** “Outstanding” – FringeReview




Dates and themes

Thursday 22nd December 2017:

Christmas Rainbow Magic – Join Holly, Robyn, Stella and her fairy friends for some Christmas magic! (10am-11am)

Moana – Explore the beautiful Pacific Islands as you set about on a voyage with Moana and Maui the demigod to go on a special, secret mission for her ancestors (11am-12pm)

Friday 23rd December 2017:
Frankie’s Magic Football and the Elf Express – Use your football skills in order to get the lost elf back to his world and return in time for Christmas (10am-11am)

Star Wars: Rogue One – Fight with the resistance to steal the plans for the Death Star and battle the storm troopers (11am-12pm)

Avengers: Captain America vs Iron Man – Which side will you be on as a civil war causes the divide of the avengers? (12pm-1pm)

Saturday 24th December 2017 (Christmas Eve):
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Use the power of friendship to triumph over the time-turner to save Christmas from the dementors and death eaters! Workshop also contains a small gift for each child taking part! (10am-11am – £10)

Listings Information

Venue: Spotlites @ Kings Theatre, 338 High Street, Chatham ME4 4NR

Production: Drama Workshops for 5-12s

Company: Spotlites Theatre Productions


Thursday 22nd December – Christmas Rainbow Magic 10am-11am, Moana – 11am-12pm.

Friday 23rd December – Frankie’s Magic Football and the Elf Express 10am-11am, Star Wars: Rogue One 11am-12pm, Avengers: Captain America vs Iron Man 12pm-1pm.

Saturday 24th December – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 10am-11am

Time: 10am-11am, 11am-12pm noon, 12pm noon-1pm

Tickets: £8 per child (Saturday 24th December £10 as includes a small gift for each child)

Box office: 01634 829468

Website: Book online now so you don’t miss out as we sell out fast!


Work Experience at Spotlites

Work experience at Spotlites has been eventful, on the first day I was really nervous but I felt very welcome. I have taken on loads of different jobs.

The thing I enjoyed most would have been dealing with people on the phone. I have enjoyed being part of Spotlites for the two weeks I have been there.

spotlites life

All the staff are friendly and I felt like I got on well with them.

Overall I have enjoyed working at Spotlites, it has been enjoyable and fun.

Jenny, 15, Walderslade Girls

Why doesn’t theatre use adverts to increase revenue?

This blog is about theatre, you just have to read a bit of setting the scene first.

I have been watching bits of the Winter Olympics in Sochi on tv recently and noticed something which triggered my brain into action. Where is the advertising?

No coca-cola banners everywhere, no blow up Milka cow (the staple of downhill skiing), no Audi logos, no giant Ms arching across walkways and seemingly no advertising logos on competitor’s shirts. I seem to remember the London Olympics was full of these images blazoned across any surface available.

It is at this point that I must admit I saw absolutely none of the London Olympics, except the opening and closing ceremonies when walking past a giant screen in Edinburgh – yes I was at the Edinburgh festival running a venue, so completely missed the event. One day I will buy the DVD and have a proper patriotic look. But I have since seen extracts on the tv of bits of races and have noticed the sell out of sport to sugary drink suppliers.

Hang on a minute, this is a blog about theatre, yes, yes I am getting to the point, but let me talk about similar industries.

TV (except BBC who only advertise themselves) is full of adverts every 15 mins, commercial radio has numerous breaks for supporters, cinema has 20 mins of adverts before the feature starts but what about theatre?

A friend of mine was a tech on an ABBA sing-a-long touring show and they had a projector showing adverts before the show,
they displayed the lyrics for the sing-a-long on the screen and so the producers sold advertising space for pre-show.

Theatre programmes are no longer compulsory in my house, its full of advertising for restaurants for pre-show meals and other corporate nonsense and not enough about the actual production itself.

So why hasn’t theatre taken advantage of advertising revenue if we (the public) are so used to seeing KFC logos everywhere at events.

Why isn’t the proscenium arch lit up with burger king images, the orchestra pit could be sponsored by Npower,
the safety curtain could be the official partnered of DFS, costumes could be used to advertise Banks like football is.
Even the traditional old boys sport of cricket has logos on team shirts and on the pitch. Imagine a Shakespeare play with NATWEST logo painted on the floor of the graveyard scene of Hamlet.

Are we so scared of our efforts of trying to make theatre real that we actually make it appear unreal without advertising. Obviously shows that are not modern wouldn’t really stand up to adverts, I certainly wouldn’t want to see War Horse, for example, with Winalot Dog Food stuck on the side of the tanks.

But surely we are all so used to advertising that it wouldn’t make a difference, would it?

If theatre is struggling to stay alive in this recession filled world surely it would be better to keep it alive by selling out a tiny bit, rather than closing down, Music Hall became extinct due in part to cinema and TV (both use advertising)

Or should theatre be like the horse after the car was invented, just a play thing of the privileged and the hobbiest?