Celebrations after the show!

Brand New Facilities


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


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

Summer School 2017


Day 3 and rehearsals are well underway for our final project to be performed on Friday 4th August (4pm), at Backwell Playhouse… www.backwellplayhouse.co.uk. Here are just a few of the historical events we have been learning about in Junior Summer School this year.

Today the children designed their own costumes and the final projections for our 1960’s ‘eye’ have been programmed.  It’s looking great!

Tomorrow’s workshops are:

1960’s hair and makeup

stage lighting design

set preparations





Cassie’s baby girl

Congratulations to Cassie and her beautiful baby girl! Thank you for coming to visit on our last AliCaT session today before the summer break.  Already signed her up for AliCaT pre school in 3 years!!


A Senior Production July 2017

‘Crystal Girls’ written by Cassie Brooks

It is a musical adventure that follows 3 rival school girls whose lives are turned upside down after discovering that they alone have the power to save everything we know and much more.

Meeting strange and mysterious characters along their way, they discover more about themselves than they anticipated in their desperate attempt to return to the life they knew before they were whisked away into something that resembled a dream.

With the clock ticking and with all at stake, can they see past their own lives to save the lives of everyone else and all that we know?

Please order your tickets by clicking on the poster or through our contacts page Just state which performance and  how many tickets you require and will we get back to you ASAP.  Many thanks for your support.

Filming for Crystal Girls

Crystal Girls, written by Cassie Brooks and performed by AliCaT Seniors.

Here’s a sneaky peek at what the AliCaT Seniors have been up to…

With the help of ‘green screen’ we hope to achieve some great projections to make Crystal Girls very sci fi.  Come see their production to find out more!

Saturday 15th July and Sunday 16th July at 7.30pm.

Tickets available through our contact page


Offers of help greatly appreciated!

June and July 2017

It’s that time of year! With end of year productions looming in June and July, AliCaT would greatly appreciate any help with front of house duties, i.e. running of bar/refreshments and simple box office duties…no experience necessary, just your time and a friendly smile! Please let us know on the contact page and we will all be very grateful! Many thanks…x


     Junior – Out of this World                                             Senior – Crystal Girls


A Foundation Production March 2017

 We’re very excited to be staging our latest Foundation Production of ‘Alien Home’, written especially for AliCaT Children and Theatre by local  author Sarah Henderson. A great storyline capturing every child’s imagination with catchy original songs and even space projection! Follow the children’s adventure through the various quirky planets to discover there’s no place like home!

Backwell Junior School Visit

schoolvisit1Learning in the Community – Backwell Junior School Visit

“We would just like to say a big thank you for your brilliant workshops yesterday when Year 4 came down to Backwell Playhouse.  The children enjoyed their experience so much and, while some of the children familiar with performing and doing drama activities had a great time, it was so great to see those children who have never been to a theatre having so much fun and learning lots.


It is also a valuable part of our topic to find out about all the great resources on the doorstep and the experiences they can offer…You really inspire the children and we really appreciate you giving up your time to help…”

Jane and Ellie, Year 4 teachers, Backwell Junior School


AliCaT Easter Workshop 2017




















AliCaT Easter Workshop combines all the things that children love about AliCaT and also includes practical theatre skills such as designing and making sets and creating costumes. The daily sessions will work towards a unique performance, which will be devised (by the children!) and worked upon during the week.

The Easter Workshop is for children over the age of 7 years and there is a maximum of 25 places. The places are on a first come first serve basis so reserve your space ASAP if you are interested.

Venue: Backwell Playhouse, Backwell, BS48 3HT

Prices: The AliCaT Easter Workshop is priced at £96.00 (£24.00 per day). Fees are payable via PayPal, cash or cheque (made payable to AliCaT Children and Theatre).  This is a one off fee that includes the final production cost and resources.

Children need to come in comfortable clothing, with a packed lunch and bags of energy and imagination!

Thank you

The AliCaT Team

Sam Riddiford RADA Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

This is our story…Sam Riddiford, has just earned a place at Rada (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London), on a stage management course, starting in September 2016. His brother Jack Riddiford has just graduated from Rada, on the BA Hons Acting course. If you are at a loose end this weekend, pop along to Backwell Playhouse for Sam’s final production of ‘Ghost World’… All proceeds will go towards helping Sam fulfill his dream.
Obviousy I’m a very proud Mum!… Ali Milton Riddiford (Shaun Batt Media).

Archibald’s War Photographs! 2016

AliCaT Junior Production of Archibald’s War (June 2016)

Don’t forget to take a look at the wonderful photographs of the children taken during dress rehearsal of Archibald’s War.  Click on the link on our shop page and it will take you to an array of stunning portrait and performance photographs (Shaun Batt photography).  They are arranged in class order, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!  Enjoy…

A Senior Production July 2016

An AliCaT Senior Production – Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July 2016 at 7.30pm

A Teens War by Cassie Brooks (2016)

AliCaT_seniors_A Teens War_2016Let us take you back to WW2 Britain, but this time, to tell the untold stories from the teens of the time.

We know about the soldiers, the evacuees and the women on the Homefront, but what of those teenagers?  Return with us to find out what they got up to and what hardships and troubles they faced.  Stories of loss, love and friendship, with great 1940’s music and songs.  A jitterbug and even some serenading.  Plot shocks and surprises, a good laugh and possibly a tear or two.  It’s worth a the trip, if you’re ready for the ride…

Use the contacts page to book tickets…

A Junior Production June 2016

An AliCaT Junior Production  – Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June 2016

Box Office: susie@alicat.me/01275 791275 or at your child’s next class.

Archibald’s War (2016)

Archibald Poster 2016

Lucy’s Grandma remembers 1939… A little girl, Maggie, clutches her precious teddy bear.  She’s being evacuated and it’s noisy, crowded and busy in the station.  Still, at least she’s got her teddy bear, Archibald!  Maggie and her brother Tom share a compartment with their friends: weepy Edith, and the loud, boisterous Baxters.  It’s a long journey, but the Guard is friendly and the children look after each other – when they’re not arguing!  Arriving in the countryside, the children wait to be picked by the host families.  Only then does Maggie realise she’s left Archibald on the train… As Lucy listens to her Grandma’s memories, she doesn’t guess the surprising ending to Archibald’s story.

A Foundation Production March 2016

Saturday 19th March and Sunday 20th March at 2.00pm and 4.30pm

Stella the Starfish (2016)

Stella the Starfish Foundation 2016Stella the Starfish is a magical underwater tale with an important message about being helpful to others.  Stella is found, lost and alone, at the bottom of Sophie and Bonny’s aquarium.  When the children agree to help reunite Stella with her family, they are transported into the ocean by a magic conch shell.  They seek the advice of the colourful sea creatures, but none are able or willing to help.  Eventually they arrive at the mouth of Sid the Shark’s cave, hoping he will be able to help them.  Mysterious Sid sings them a riddle but then promptly disappears.  Will Stella and her friends follow Sid’s instructions and solve the riddle to find her family?