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Chol Theatre

Chol Theatre Chol brings live story-making to people in their everyday communities. We strive to work with children from all backgrounds and are passionate about finding ways to create new work with children who may not usually take part in theatre or story-making experiences.

All of Chol's participants are valued as equal players, everyone is able to develop their potential and unlock their aspirations. Our unique equal players approach inspires democracy; imagination flourishes and communities are built.

Operating as usual

06/05/2022

Do you want to work in music? Live in Huddersfield? Our friends at @LiveMusicNowUK have exciting summer jobs in the music industry up for grabs. If you're 18-25, interested in music, content creation or running live events, check it out. Deadline Noon, 9th May: bit.ly/roundherejobs

Calling young people aged 16-25! As part of our #Listen52 project we’re running a number of mini creative residencies to...
03/05/2022

Calling young people aged 16-25!

As part of our #Listen52 project we’re running a number of mini creative residencies to create art and inspire our final production in July.

One of these mini residencies will be an exploration of mental health in young people, looking at your hopes, fears, frustrations and ideas, and gathering responses as to how you, as a young person, feel right now about current and future issues.

If you are aged between 16-25, we’d really appreciate it if you could fill out our anonymous short survey by clicking on the link below, deadline 13 May.

Fill in the survey here ➡️ https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2H9MJGR

02/05/2022

Eid Mubarak to all of our friends celebrating! We hope you have a wonderful day of celebrations 🌙

It’s International Dance Day!🕺💃Throwback to Biennale 2019, when we worked with an amazing group of young people to chore...
29/04/2022

It’s International Dance Day!🕺💃

Throwback to Biennale 2019, when we worked with an amazing group of young people to choreograph the dance piece, ‘Switch’, inspired by the themes of light and dark.

Biennale 2022 is coming up soon, check out The Childrens Art School for news about this year’s Biennale.

#internationaldanceday2022 #internationaldanceday

📣FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT📣We're so excited to have received Arts Council England Jubilee funding to bring a brand new childr...
28/04/2022

📣FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT📣

We're so excited to have received Arts Council England Jubilee funding to bring a brand new children and young people's project 'Days of Joy' to #Barnsley, in collaboration with Fusion - Barnsley’s Cultural Education Partnership.

First up, we're speaking directly with young people to find out what they want, next, we will co-create a variety of different art works with partner schools and organisations. The artworks will be displayed in June, when the whole country celebrates the Queen's Jubilee.

Keep an eye out for opportunities coming your way!

It's ready. and it's up... the incredible mosaic by Abigail Barker is now hanging in The Hive Community Cafe. Commission...
21/04/2022

It's ready. and it's up... the incredible mosaic by Abigail Barker is now hanging in The Hive Community Cafe. Commissioned by Historic England, with support from Kirklees Council, and us Spirit of the Square celebrates how this place helps contribute to our wonderfully vibrant community. We'll be there at 11am tomorrow, celebrating with coffee and cake. Come on down to take a look meet Abigail or if you'd just like to say hello.

#HuddsHSHAZ #HistoricHighStreets
Historic England Acreativespace
HIVE Community and Cafe
Kirklees
Arts Council England
National Lottery Heritage Fund

We had a fabulous time last week in Walkley Library and Burngreave Library where we worked with young people to reimagin...
20/04/2022

We had a fabulous time last week in Walkley Library and Burngreave Library where we worked with young people to reimagine how Sheffield might look like in the year 2052! A great day of storytelling, making and drawing with an inspiring group of young people ✨💫

These workshops are part of #listen52, our youth leadership and arts egagement project in Sheffield. You can find out more here ➡️ https://wearechol.co.uk/listen-52-meet-the-team/

With thanks to Arts Council England

We're working with Live Music Now on a project in Huddersfield - there's PAID OPPORTUNITIES for an Emerging Producer and...
20/04/2022
Seeking 18-25 year old emerging musicians, event producers and digital creatives for 'Round Here - Live Music Now

We're working with Live Music Now on a project in Huddersfield - there's PAID OPPORTUNITIES for an Emerging Producer and Emerging Musicians based in or around Huddersfield. There's also a National Digital Creative role. Take a look at the link below for details! https://www.livemusicnow.org.uk/seeking-18-25-year-old-emerging-musicians-and-producers/

#HuddsHSHAZ #HistoricHighStreets

Historic England Arts Council England National Lottery Heritage Fund Kirklees

We are seeking emerging musicians and event producers from six High Street project sites as well as a National Digital Creative to help deliver Live Music Now's 'Round Here project.

15/04/2022
Happy Easter

🐣Happy Easter!🐣

The Chol team are having some much deserved time off over the Easter weekend, hopefully featuring lots of chocolate! We hope you have a lovely, long bank holiday weekend and we'll see you soon!

In case you missed it:March's newsletter, available to read here: https://bit.ly/36ULpT2To sign up for our next and upco...
11/04/2022

In case you missed it:

March's newsletter, available to read here:
https://bit.ly/36ULpT2

To sign up for our next and upcoming newsletters, please head to the footer of our website and click Subscribe to our Newsletter: https://wearechol.co.uk/

🌟Spotlight on... Abbey Walters🌟We're so lucky to have Abbey joining us for six weeks, working with the Home Ed group on ...
08/04/2022

🌟Spotlight on... Abbey Walters🌟

We're so lucky to have Abbey joining us for six weeks, working with the Home Ed group on her final Drama project of the year, 'A Story Worth Telling.'

Abbey drives all the way from Lincoln every Thursday for the sessions, where she works with the group to explore what stories are and the ways in which we can tell our stories.

‘Is fearr cáirde ná ór!” (Friendship is better than gold). Stories shape our world, they can unite us and help us to eve...
07/04/2022

‘Is fearr cáirde ná ór!” (Friendship is better than gold).

Stories shape our world, they can unite us and help us to eventually heal. Memory does that too.’ (From 'An Irish Welcome')

On Friday 18 March we presented 'An Irish Welcome' at The Irish Centre Fitzwilliam Street, and it was wonderful - a night to remember!

☘️Read more: https://wearechol.co.uk/an-irish-welcome-a-night-to-remember/

Join us tomorrow (Thursday 7 April) for a free, fun filled hour of drama games and live story-making at our after school...
06/04/2022

Join us tomorrow (Thursday 7 April) for a free, fun filled hour of drama games and live story-making at our after school club, taking place at Maker World, Piazza Shopping Centre, Huddersfield.

We're very excited that the club will be continuing throughout the Easter Holidays, last session 21 April.

Book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drama-club-tickets-267769645217

A fantastic day with the whole Chol-Operative team on Friday, forward thinking and dreaming big about future plans and p...
04/04/2022

A fantastic day with the whole Chol-Operative team on Friday, forward thinking and dreaming big about future plans and projects…

We’re so excited for the future of Chol! #CholOperative #flexibleworking

The artists behind The Joy Of A Roar are going on a lion hunt! You can join Christopher Marsden and Laura Mateescu, tomo...
02/04/2022

The artists behind The Joy Of A Roar are going on a lion hunt!

You can join Christopher Marsden and Laura Mateescu, tomorrow (Sunday 3rd April) from 14:30 at St George's Square - to find out more about Huddersfield's historic links with the lion, through the town's public art and architecture. You'll need a ticket - book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lion-hunt-tickets-260967329307

Chris said: “Huddersfield has almost 200 lions... We will explore their stories and makers. No bravery is needed but binoculars are encouraged!”

Historic England Arts Council England National Lottery Heritage Fund Discover Huddersfield Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport @Joyofaroar Kirklees

🎶Are you ready for Musica Spectacular...?🎶Head to St George's Hall, Bradford on Monday 4 April for a night of singing, d...
31/03/2022

🎶Are you ready for Musica Spectacular...?🎶

Head to St George's Hall, Bradford on Monday 4 April for a night of singing, dancing, acting and artwork on display, in a celebration of the diverse talent within Special Schools across Bradford, including one of our partner schools, Chellow Heights School.

Chol's Carly and Ruth have been working with a group from Chellow Heights, creating brand new stories. Their exciting stories and wonderful characters will be shared at the event.

Book your tickets: https://www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/musica-spectacular-247947/

📸A selection of photographs from our weekly sessions at Chellow Heights.

30/03/2022

The Joy of A Roar community photography project can now be found in and around St George's Square - with a special focus on Station Street. HUGE thanks to the 100+ participants and everyone who helped to support this wild project.

Devised and created by Christopher Marsden and Laura Mateescu, and funded by Historic England's High Street Heritage Action Zone programme with support from Kirklees Council

Thanks to Historic England Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport National Lottery Heritage Fund, Kirklees Temporary Contemporary Bargain Box (UK) Ltd, Calder Graphics Clear Channel UK, Queensgate Ironmongers and Sovereign Sports of Marsh.

Partners
Active Bodies, The Basement Recovery Project, HIVE Community and Cafe Piazza Centre, Platform One, S2R and the University Of Huddersfield Club balls courtesy of Huddersfield Giants and HTFC

The Joy of a Roar: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1404774246615250

#JoyOfARoar
#HuddsHSHAZ #HistoricHighStreets

We’re very excited to announce we are running a number of free drama workshops across Sheffield over the coming months, ...
29/03/2022

We’re very excited to announce we are running a number of free drama workshops across Sheffield over the coming months, as part of our #Listen52 project.

These drama-based workshops will use fun and creative activities to explore future themes and help us to develop our large scale Listen 52 performance, set to take place in the summer of 2022.

Info: https://wearechol.co.uk/listen-52-workshops/

Yesterday was #WorldTheatreDay, and in celebration we wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to the many amazing communities and...
28/03/2022

Yesterday was #WorldTheatreDay, and in celebration we wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to the many amazing communities and individuals we've been lucky enough to create performances with throughout the years.

Here's a selection of photographs from our recent play 'An Irish Welcome', which took place on 18 March.

#WorldTheatreDay2022

⭐️ Latest update from Listen 52⭐️Listen 52's amazing young Producers are now developing and working on our Mini Residenc...
25/03/2022

⭐️ Latest update from Listen 52⭐️

Listen 52's amazing young Producers are now developing and working on our Mini Residency number 1, working with Peter Martin and Alfie Heffer from Site Gallery to produce their own short film.

Last Thursday they visited Site and toured its current exhibition - Survey II. They then storyboarded ideas with Peter to commence the filming project.

So excited to share more Listen 52 news with you all in the coming weeks and months - watch this space!

There's still time to book your child's place for tonight's After School Drama Club, a fun-filled hour of drama, games a...
24/03/2022

There's still time to book your child's place for tonight's After School Drama Club, a fun-filled hour of drama, games and creative play.

❔Who: For young people aged 7-11
❔When: 4-5pm, every Thursday until the new, extended end-date of 21 April.
❔Where: Maker World, The Piazza. Huddersfield.

Book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drama-club-tickets-267769645217

Very excited to share a sneaky peek of artist Abigail Barker's mosaic artwork created as part of #HSHAZ, celebrating the...
22/03/2022

Very excited to share a sneaky peek of artist Abigail Barker's mosaic artwork created as part of #HSHAZ, celebrating the heritage of St. George’s Square, Huddersfield.

The imagery has been carefully selected to capture the square’s sporting significance, architectural prowess and cultural importance to Huddersfield.

Find out more about Abigail and her work here: https://wearechol.co.uk/artist-profile-abigail-barker/

A Creative Space

On #WorldPoetryDay, here’s a sweet little rhyme,a poem to share what makes Chol so sublime:From flexible working, to equ...
21/03/2022

On #WorldPoetryDay, here’s a sweet little rhyme,
a poem to share what makes Chol so sublime:

From flexible working, to equal pay,
here at Chol, we all have a say.

Female led, we're proud of our girl power,
and our flat structure - Chol ain't no hierarchical tower!

Bring our babies to work, let them join in the fun,
every voice heard and every thought welcome.

There’s no judgement here, we all get stuck in
to all sorts of jobs - and the biscuit tin!

Creativity's always flowing in Chol-Operative land,
you’ll find us covered in glitter and glue, we hope you understand!

Hot sauce is our obsession, you won’t find a spicier bunch,
we splash it in our coffees, it's a necessity at lunch.

On World Poetry Day, here’s a poem that’s so true
From the Cholette gals - we couldn’t do it without YOU!

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On Tuesday the 15th of February 2022, Chol Theatre are set to launch a special Windrush Mural, as part of the ongoing Kirklees Windrush Mural Project. The mural has been painted by Yorkshire-based artist Natasha Clarke, based on designs and ideas from KLTV's 2019 award-winning production, 'Windrush: The Years After - A Community Legacy on Film', as well as a diverse group of young people from across the region. After launch, the mural is expected to go on tour, leading up to and beyond Windrush Day, taking place on the 22nd of June 2022. For more information on the mural, contact Chol Theatre Group on their website at www.wearechol.co.uk
Good morning 🌞🌻🌼🌞🌻 Hoping you are all keeping well 🌈🌸🌈 Just popping on here to let you know that my main project page The Button Tin has for some strange reason been deleted by Facebook. This makes me very sad, as over the last 10 years I had built up my page to have over 4,500 loyal followers and was a great way to spread community joy & cheer! It would be great for anyone who wants to share and have a gander on my smaller Gemma Nemer - Artist page here for past projects and up to date news of future creative plans. You can also follow on my Instagram page which is still up and running... https://www.instagram.com/thebuttontin/ And web page... https://thebuttontin.carbonmade.com/projects/7182224 RMBCEvents Elsecar Heritage Centre Barnsley Museums National Lottery Heritage Fund Rotherham Ethnic Minority Alliance (REMA) MollieMakes The Crafty Business Network Grimm & Co. National Coal Mining Museum for England Wentworth Woodhouse Aroundtown Magazine IVE Chol Theatre FluxRotherham Clifton Park Museum Simply Sewing The Civic, Barnsley ROAR (Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance) ROAR (Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance) Barnsley is Brill Barnsley Council We Are Barnsley Barnsley Museums Learning The Festival of Vintage Folksy Experience Barnsley: Museum & Discovery Centre Barnsley Libraries The Point, home of darts - Doncaster Community Arts Hive South Yorkshire WOW - Women of the World Festival
If you missed our post on Saturday, here's another chance to give the young people in our community a great opportunity to get started in the creative industry. Check out this poster from Chol Theatre and don't be afraid to apply, you've got nothing to lose! The folks over at Burngreave Library are already involved, they know... 😉 ✊👏
Missed our post on Saturday? Don't worry, here's another chance to give the young people in our community a great opportunity to get started in the creative industry. Check out this poster from Chol Theatre and don't be afraid to apply, you've got nothing to lose! A great chance for Longley voices to be heard! The folks over at Burngreave Library are already involved, they know... 😉 ✊👏
If you are 16-21, creative, live in Sheffield and fancy a part-time, PAID internship, then check this poster out. Chol Theatre are looking for you! What a fab opportunity for young people in our communities to get involved in the creative industry. Apply today, you've got nothing to lose! #YouveGotThis ✊🙌👊💪
If you are between the ages of 16-21, creative, live in Sheffield and fancy a part-time, PAID internship, then check this poster out. Chol Theatre are looking for people just like you! What a fab opportunity for our young people in and around Longley to get involved in the creative industry. Apply today, you've got nothing to lose! #YouveGotThis 💪✊🙌👊
KLTV speaks with Lauren Townsend from the Chol Theatre, about a new initiative to create a mural honouring and celebrating the Windrush generation. The Kirklees Windrush Mural project is an initiative that is looking for young people (14-21 years) from across Kirklees to get involved in designing a permanent mural that celebrates and commemorates the incredible impact the Windrush Generation has had on our region. For more information or to get involved please email Lauren Townsend at: [email protected] This video was produced by Kirklees Local Television in partnership with Chol Theatre Group. #Windrush | #BlackHistoryMonth | #Mural | #Art | #Design | #Kirklees | #KLTV
Intrigued to hear the rest of the story? Visit Old Moor this Sunday for FREE to see "A Flock of Stories" by Chol Theatre listen to Rockingham Band and discover Old Moor's wildlife. Flock of Stories will be performed out on our lawn, so bring along picnic blankets or camping chairs and dress for the weather (hopefully glorious sunshine!)
🎧🎧 Listen to what life was like for Eric, a miner in the Dearne Valley 🎧🎧 FREE entry to Old Moor this Sunday 26th September! Find out more about the history and heritage of the Dearne Valley with Chol Theatre and Rockingham Band alongside discovering our present-day wildlife with a fabulous volunteers. Funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund
The Kirklees Windrush Mural Project is an initiative that is looking for young people (14-21 years) from across Kirklees to get involved in designing a permanent mural that celebrates and commemorates the incredible impact the Windrush Generation has had on our region. For more information or to get involved please email Lauren Townsend at: [email protected] This video was produced by Kirklees Local Television in partnership with Chol Theatre Group.
A wet, busy day in Huddersfield preparing for lots of Heritage Open Days events as part of the Cultural Programme for the Historic England Huddersfield High Street Heritage Action Zone Cultural Partnership. Great to meet more of the Chol Theatre team too! #HuddsHSHAZ #HistoricHighStreets #culture #hshaz #huddersfield #yorkshire #westyorkshire
🎮⏳ The NVM presents TimeCrashers ⌛️🎮 We recently worked with the amazing Chol Theatre to turn their recent show, TimeCrashers, into a videogame! AND it's free for you to play now! Play here: https://choltheatre.itch.io/timecrashers