About Alison Riddiford

Owner of AliCaT

Junior Production June 2018

‘The Blue Bottle’ – A Junior Production, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2018

This years Junior Production is called ‘The Blue Bottle’ and it is to be performed in June 2018.  The story is loosely based on an Irish folk tale.  It’s a magical story about luck, greed and folly.  To order your tickets please click on the poster below and it will take you to the contacts page.

Thank you for your support! Ali x

Can’t wait for the children to use this set!

The Easter holidays have meant one thing to me… time to prepare for the next children’s show… ‘There’s a Sunflower in my Supper’ by AliCaT Foundation children…

It has been such fun creating such a beautiful set (designed by Shaun Batt), bright and cheery lighting (designed by Sam Riddiford, RADA) and costumes (made by Sarah Cunningham, www.thelittlevonsewcompany.co.uk) .I cannot wait for the children to see it for the first time here at our fabulous venue, Backwell Playhouse!

Here’s a sneaky look…

There’s a Sunflower in my Supper…

AliCaT Easter Workshop for Children aged 7+

AliCaT Easter Workshop – Monday 26th March – Thursday 29th March 2018

An exciting opportunity for children aged 7+ to experience the ‘process of theatre’ in our 4 day workshop, in a real theatre setting. We work together to devise a story, develop characters, design a set, plot lights, create our own costumes and all to share with friends and family at the end of the week.  Come along and enjoy developing your creative side and make some really good friends along the way! Use the contact page for more information and secure your place! Look forward to seeing you… Ali & Susie X

 

A New AliCaT Kittens Class

ALICAT KITTENS – FOR CHILDREN AGED 2-3 YEARS

A new AliCaT Kittens class will be starting soon.  An opportunity for children from 2 – 3 years to enjoy the AliCaT theatre experience. A fun interactive class involving singing, movement, storytelling, Makaton and RYE (Research on Yoga in Education).

The classes will be held at our beautiful venue Backwell Playhouse on Tuesday mornings at 11.00am – 11.45am.

For more details and to book a free trial please use the contact page or telephone Ali directly on 0791 762 6388.

OPEN TO ALL

BACKWELL PLAYHOUSE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Thursday 17th November 2017

7.30pm – doors open from 7pm

The AGM is the time to take stock of the year before, looking at all elements of the Playhouse. It is also the opportunity for members to question the committee, and to elect new committee members.

If you are interested in joining the Playhouse Management Committee, we would be delighted to hear from you.  For more information, either have a chat with a member of the committee at the AGM, or contact us and we will be happy to pass the enquiry on.

 We are especially excited to announce that the AGM is the first Playhouse event to make use of the newly-finished bar/foyer after its recent refit.  Please come along and have a look at the amazing new design of the foyer, and enjoy a free glass of wine or soft drink with us.

All are welcome, but only members can vote on Playhouse matters.

www.backwellplayhouse.co.uk

Welcome back to Term 2

Welcome back to Term 2 at AliCaT

I hope everyone has had a great October half term break.  Just to keep you up to date, our foyer is slowly progressing but it promises to be worth the wait!

Thank you so much for your patience and support during this period, I hope to announce the full unveiling very soon, where you can once again enjoy the theatre foyer and it’s brand new facilities.

End of Term 1

Just a little reminder Term 1 finishes today 20th October 2017 and Term 2 begins again Monday 30th October 2017.  Thanks to everyone for a great first term! All shows have been cast and rehearsals are well underway!

Shows for AliCaT Children and Theatre 2018:

Foundation “There’s a Sunflower in my Supper” (April 21 and 22)

Junior – “The Blue Bottle” (June 23 and 24)

Senior – “Through the Looking Glass” (July 14 and 15)

Panto coming to the Playhouse

JANUARY 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th 2018

It is with great excitement AliCaT is able to announce their involvement with Backwell Playhouse Theatre Company’s Pantomime ‘Mother Goose’.  Children from AliCaT will be performing in January 2018 and tickets are going fast! If you would like to find out more or purchase tickets visit www.backwellplayhouse.co.uk ,Box Office: 0117 963 3586 or contact us ASAP

Welcome back!

Alicat logo 2015 11th September 2017 – day one

Welcome back everyone.  I hope you have all had a great summer break and are feeling refreshed and ready to start another exciting year of theatre.  Projects are in place, dates have been finalised and now I’m looking forward to seeing all the AliCaT children and parents, both old and new and working together to produce the very best theatre experience for all!

Best wishes Ali x

alison riddiford with foundation class

1966 – National Organisation for Women

Betty Friedan “Each suburban wife struggles with it alone.  As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night, she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question…’IS THIS ALL?”

 

Brand New Facilities

BACKWELL PLAYHOUSE RENOVATIONS

Our beloved little theatre is getting a make over…Today was day one of improvements to the Foyer area…new bar, a new colour, new flooring, new seating arrangements

…cannot wait to see the results!

Day 4 of Summer School

FLOWER POWER BALLOON MAKING

Another fun packed day at our beloved little theatre!  www.backwellplayhouse.co.uk It always surprises me how much you can achieve when an enthusiastic group of children get together to create theatre.  It’s a time when you get to know each other properly, building friendships and bonds that hopefully remain in children’s memories…

Workshops today included, 1960’s makeup, flower power balloon making and set preparations…final performance tomorrow at 4pm