End of Term for Junior Classes


Just to remind you Junior classes end this Friday 29th June 2018 for the summer break! I hope you all have a great summer and I look forward to a new academic year starting in September 2018…dates for the new year will be sent out to you in due course and on the AliCaT website.


For those of you wishing to purchase production photographs and a performance video of your Childs show, a link will be emailed to you very shortly. Below is just a sample I took on my phone during the first Dress Rehearsal of one of the classes…the professional download will be available very soon!

May I take this opportunity to wish all the children and families not returning the very best for the future and hope all your next ventures and activities are a great success! I’m sure the skills you have learnt at AliCaT will help you. Don’t forget if your circumstances should change in anyway, please do not hesitate to get back in touch…

Best wishes  Ali x


A personal thank you from me!

The perfect sunset to the end of an amazing weekend of shows…

This weekend has been a fabulous success! I want to thank everyone involved in their contribution to making ‘The Blue Bottle’ an excellent theatre experience for the children and families.  We saw four shows this weekend from the Junior AliCaT’s and I am so proud of all their achievements.

I personally would like to thank Shaun Batt for his amazing set, photography, filming of the show and encouragement throughout the whole process, Susie Pain for her hard work and dedication to the children and me, Fiona and Pearl Milton for their help and support and Mary Gould, Connie Gould, John Jones, Mum and Dad for their full commitment to the whole weekend.  I am so happy and so thankful to everyone involved!

Ali owner of AliCaT

Ali  xx


‘The Blue Bottle’ Junior Preparations

Final preparations have begun for the forthcoming Junior production of ‘The Blue Bottle’.  It’s a magical musical story, loosely based on an Irish folk tale about luck, greed and folly.

The poverty stricken Riley family are reduced to selling their last cow.  On his way to market John Riley meets a mysterious Stranger and exchanges his cow for an enchanted Blue Bottle.  His wife, Kate and the children are furious until the Bottle is tried out and magical Sprites appear with a marvellous feast.  However this good fortune does not turn out to be the end to all misery…come find out what happens!

Tickets are selling fast so be quick!


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


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.



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.


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