Pre School Story time at AliCaT!

“Scaredy-Cat, Splat!” by Rob Scotton (bestselling author of SPLAT THE CAT, LOVE SPLAT, AND MERRY CHRISTMAS, SPLAT!)

It’s Halloween and Splat is determined to be the scariest cat in the class.  Unfortunately he’s just too much of a scaredy-cat.  He’s afraid of a little spider, and everyone says his costume looks more silly than scary.  But when the lights go back on after a ghost story in the dark, the entire class is scared silly by a small, black, furry creature with a big pumpkin head…who can it be?

New term begins! 2018

Welcome back to AliCaT.  I hope you have all had a wonderful summer break full of fun and activities.  Our new term starts Monday 10th September 2018.

During the break I have been researching and planning all the projects we will be working on this year.  I am excited to start.  I hope this year is full of creativity, fun, laughter and lots of learning and developing.  That includes me!

Look forward to seeing you all very soon

Best wishes Ali x



Please come along (FREE OF CHARGE) to the Junior AliCaT Summer School end of week performance at Backwell Playhouse…The kids have been working so hard on developing a story on how theatre evolved, in a very creative way!…You never know you may even learn something!

Details: Friday 3rd August, 2018, 4pm start @ Backwell Playhouse, Mariner’s Drive, Backwell BS48 3HT

PLEASE SUPPORT THEATRE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.  I truly believe it can make a difference in self confidence and life skills that we all need to make us well rounded human beings.

PLUS…they are a GREAT bunch of kids!!

Ali x

Set number 3 for the Senior AliCaT’s!

SATURDAY 14TH JULY & SUNDAY 15TH JULY @7.30pm Backwell Playhouse

Getting prepared for the Seniors show with a little bit of craziness for Alice in ‘Through the Looking Glass’ Adapted by James DeVita, Music and Lyrics by Bill Francoeur.  A wacky version of Alice in Wonderland with some catchy funky tunes and fun characters along the way! For tickets contact us


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!


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, .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.