Go through the wardrobe into the magical world of Narnia!

This June, Spotlites Children’s Theatre present the spellbinding, classic story of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ from well known author C.S. Lewis. It follows the story of 4 children, who enter the mystical world of Narnia through an old wardrobe, whilst there they encounter an array of various creatures and the mighty Aslan, who is struggling to keep Narnia safe from the clutches of the manipulative White Witch, who proceeds to try and end his reign and lead the children astray. The journey of the children tests their courage, determination, love for one another and their resolve when dealing with the threat of evil.


Spotlites Children’s Theatre are elated to present this remarkable show and with their previous shows catching the hearts of audiences and engulfing them in the stories they present, the audience for ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’will certainly not be disappointed. The production showcases a range of children aged 5-14 years old, including 12 year old Keri from Coxheath, Maidstone playing the role of the malevolent White Witch and 11 year old Emma playing the charming role of Lucy, the youngest of the 4 children; Emma played the role of Tinkerbell, in Spotlites Youth Theatre’s ‘Peter Pan’ last Christmas.

Some of the cast members have shared their thoughts on why they are looking forward to being in the production and what they think audiences members will appreciate about the show.
‘I am so excited to perform in this show, as I’ve been given the opportunity to perform my first major speaking part and I have learnt so much from the older cast members and love working with everyone as they are all so kind and we all work well together as a team’

– Emma, 11, from Maidstone (Lucy)
‘I love being in this show because it has been a really fun experience and whilst at the theatre I get to be who I truly am and have also made many new, good friends’

– Owen, 12, from Sittingbourne (Professor)


‘I really love this show because it’s full of magical creatures and an exciting world which I get to be a part of and I can’t wait for the shows!’

– Billie, 10, from Allhallows (Dwarf)


‘I love every show that I have been involved in at Spotlites, however this one in particular is one of my favourites as it has two different sides to it which I think the audience will find interesting and we have had to use lots of teamwork which is great as I have met lots of new people who I hadn’t worked with before and I can learn from them.’

– Amber, 14, from Chatham (Maugrim the wolf)


‘I love this show as it is very different to others I have been in such as Seussical as there is a bigger cast and its a very different experience from previous shows I’ve been in which has allowed me to learn lots of new skills to use in my performances’

 – Gavin, 13, from Sittingbourne (Aslan)


‘I really enjoy this show as I love how my character develops and moves through the temptation they are faced with and moves through their mistakes and I also get to engage and communicate with lots of different people which I love’

– Lexi, 12, from Gillingham (Edmund)


‘I really like my part in this show because it is very fun and I get to travel to lots of different places within my character’s story and have had to think about both sides of the story a lot. I have also really enjoyed learning the skills needed to do the battles in the show, which I think the audience will enjoy’

– Tristan, 9, from Twydall (Mr Tumnus)


‘I am so happy with what I have learnt during this show and I think the best thing about the shows at Spotlites is that you get to work with so many different and talented people who you add to the brilliant learning experience’

– Keri, 12, from Coxheath, Maidstone (White Witch)


So book your tickets (online here) and join our intrepid adventurers as they go through the Wardrobe.


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?