ABOUT TRAP DOOR THEATRE PRODUCTIONS
Educating. Guiding. Inspiring.
We’re proud of the reputation that TRAP DOOR THEATRE PRODUCTIONS has gained throughout the years - for a place where students and instructors alike can thrive and make the most of their talents. We gladly welcome creative and passionate students from around the Uk to participate in our online Acting and Theatre Arts classes.
TRAP DOOR THEATRE PRODUCTIONS is a Community and Applied Professional Theatre Company and offers inclusive Creative Art projects across the North West and online Performing Arts classes for students to prepare for a career in the industry. Whether you’re enrolled or thinking of applying for one of our online workshops, continue browsing to find out about our current programmes and more.
HERES SOME OF OUR APPLIED THEATRE AND ARTS INTERVENTION PROJECTS
APPLIED THEATRE PROJECT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LIVERPOOL HOPE UNIVERSITY
Dementia Care Theatre Workshops
Across Liverpool and North Wales
Throughout September and October we delivered bespoke person-centred theatrical workshops, to care homes across Liverpool and North Wales. Through our interactive and immersive storytelling, filled with lots of laughter song and dance, we helped empower local residence, who have often felt moments of loneliness and isolation throughout the pandemic. This applied theatre project, raised awareness to the importance of wellbeing, mental health and the need for a dementia positive society.
“That was wonderful! You were both excellent, our residents have really enjoyed all of it, you are brilliant at what you do!”
Jodie from Gwastad Hall
BRINGING THE WELSH AND LIVERPOOL COMMUNITIES TOGETHER
Walk A Mile In My Shoes
Walk a Mile In My Shoes was a theatrical production which addressed the interrelationships between urban architecture, site specific, promenade and verbatim theatre. Through archival and ethnographic action based research, the project aimed to create an exciting, provocative production, inciting social commentary and engagement within Liverpool, on the ontological theme of transitions, evolution of change, philanthropy, past and present human living conditions and child welfare.
This exciting project aimed to create an accessible piece of site specific, promenade theatre, working in the exact building where the L.S.P.C.C was established. The audience were transported back in time, imbued with the historical resonances of the building, and with the immersive theatrical storytelling. The audience were taken on a time travelling journey from the 1880’s, to 1940’s to present day exploring Everton’s long forgotten historical narratives.
This was a community and applied production was created by the local community for the local people and took place on the 13th, 14th and 15th of September 2018. All monies raised went to charity, £100 was donated to the Shewsy Club, £100 to St Peters Church, £100 to the West Everton Community Centre and £100 to the N.S.P.C.C.
COLLABORATION WITH LIVERPOOL HOPE UNIVERSITY
Amy was hired by Liverpool Hope University because of her vast experience in community and applied theatre facilitation. She joined forces with other practitioners Sheldon Chadwick and Sonia Kennedy to create LHTCC in 2019 under the direction of Dr Niamh Malone, to produce enigmatic inclusive applied theatre arts projects across the North West.
Tate Exchange 2019
Forgotten Futures and the city is an applied theatre project aiming to celebrate the stories and visions for the city as offered by people living with dementia in Liverpool and The Wirral.
This exhibition aimed to celebrate and acknowledge this sometimes forgotten sector of our community in creating a dementia positive theatrical installation for all.
Creative Arts Intervention Projects
Trap Door Theatre Productions has worked with many organisations and constituency groups: WEA Cymru, Communities First, Flintshire and Denbighshire Councils and The Arts Council of Wales, creating bespoke educational applied theatre performance projects for the local community.
Working with Independent Hospitals, Prisons and Charities in rehabilitation to promote well-being, empowerment, active citizenship and positive mental health through our workshops.
Christen an Occupational Therapy Assistant :
" Your creative theatre workshops provided our service users great enjoyment, connectivity and well being, it was another huge success! Thank you so much, looking forward to another. "
St Davids Independent Hospital Corwen.
COLLABORATION WITH COLEG HARLECH WEA AND HOLYWELL COMMUNITIES FIRST
Flintshire Community Treads The Boards
A famous Dylan Thomas play for voices is been given a new twist by a group of budding thespians.
Drama students have been working on a version of Thomas’s best known and most popular work, Under Milk Wood.
It’s being put on thanks to a collaboration between adult education specialists Coleg Harlech WEA, Holywell Communities First and the Flintshire-based Trap Door Theatre Productions,
The cast of 22 mainly Holywell-based actors are all students on a course in performing arts and have been drawn from all sections of the community.
They will be bringing the timeless masterpiece, celebrating a day in the life of a small Welsh fishing village, Llareggub, to life at the Stiwt Theatre, Rhos, near Wrexham, on Friday, July 27.
Coleg Harlech WEA Curriculum Manager Nick Taylor plays the roles of Mr Ogmore and Mr Pugh in the production.
He said: “We are really looking forward to performing Under Milk Wood on the Stiwt Theatre stage.
“This has been a real community effort thanks to our work with Holywell Communities First and Trap Door Theatre Productions.
“Amy Courtenay, the proprietor of Trap Door, took on the role of director for the production as well as tutor for the course.
“Thanks to the efforts of Communities First the cast is a real cross section of society from the unemployed and employed, housewives, school children and retired people.”
He added: “We began casting and rehearsals in early March and it has been fascinating to see the cast develop and grow in confidence. It really has been a wonderful community effort.
“And although it may be the first time on a real stage for many of the cast the Stiwt is a wonderful old theatre and we are all very much looking forward to performing there and putting all we have learned into practice.”
Waitress Kerry Lewsey, 23, of Sychdyn, plays the roles of Lily Small and Rosie Probert and is really excited at the prospect of performing at the Stiwt Theatre.
She said: “I heard about the project through Amy and decided to come along and audition. I was thrilled to be offered the roles and think it’s such a fantastic play.
“The whole project has given me a taste for drama and I’d love to do more theatre in the future. I have really enjoyed the course and made a number of new friends as well as boosting my confidence.”
Holywell High School pupil, Yasmine Kovacs, 14, of Gronant, near Holywell has learned a great deal from being involved in the project. She said: “I play two roles, one as a little girl and the second as Mae-Rose Cottage. I got involved as my mum saw a leaflet advertising auditions and rehearsals.
“I have learned so much and met loads of new people and made new friends. It has been really good working alongside older people too.
“I’m nervous about performing on stage but it will be a fantastic opportunity. I think I’d like to be involved in drama in the future so to earn a performing arts qualification from Coleg Harlech is a great start.”
For retired Toastmaster Brian Russell, 74, of Holywell, Under Milk Wood sees him return to the stage after an absence of more than 32 years.
He said: “To be perfectly honest I came down to see if I could help out with any writing but was asked to audition for the role of Captain Cat. Vanity meant I had to say yes when I was offered the role!
“I do have some acting experience having performed with Mold County Players many years ago. However, I thought I’d retired until I came along here and met Amy!”
He added: “It’s very much a community effort involving employed and unemployed people, children and retired people like myself. I have certainly made many new friends too and it really has been a whole new experience.”
Amy Courtenay is delighted to have been involved with the project as course tutor as well as directing the production.
She said: “This has been a fantastic group of people to work with. It has brought some people out of their shells and I have watched as their confidence has grown throughout the rehearsal process.
“My task is really three roles in one. I have been teaching acting skills to those taking part in the project, directing the production and finally I will be assessing the course as a whole.
“The cast really is a cross section of society and although we began with some who could act already many had never been involved in drama before. But we now have a really competent all-round cast who have all progressed incredibly well.
“I’m certainly looking forward to seeing all their hard work come to fruition when we perform at the Stiwt Theatre. And I think many of the cast will surprise themselves at just how far they have come.”