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Group 64 Theatre for Young People - Spreading The Joy Interview

In a series of interviews, we are chatting to artists involved with the 2024 Wandsworth Fringe. The Fringe Festival runs from 7th until 23rd June. 

In this interview, we chat with Group 64 Theatre for Young People about Spreading the Joy which plays on 8th June at a variety of locations in Wandsworth.

Where did your arts career begin?
I started acting in a Youth Theatre, when I was 14 years old, and then did a theatre degree where I got a chance to direct - which I loved. Once I finished University, I volunteered at Chickenshed Theatre Company and this really cemented my love for children and young people's theatre. 

What can you tell me about your show?
Spreading the Joy is a show for 3 to 8 year olds about the alien Wendell's journey through space as they search for their lost moon rocks journey. We went into 4 different primary schools in Wandsworth and ran workshops to get the ideas for the characters, locations and plot ideas (children always have much better ideas than grown-ups!)
Where did the idea for the show come from?
Since the Covid Pandemic there has been a huge increase in mental health issues in children and young people. At Group 64 we put mental health at the heart of all our work, so we wanted to bring this to as many local young children as possible. Due to the generous funding from WAF we are able to offer the show for free. 
How do you prepare for a performance?
We do lots of fun, crazy and silly warm ups!
What is the message of your show?
That you should celebrate being you, be kind to each other, be brave and give it a go and it's okay to worry, everyone has worries. 

If you were a biscuit, what would you be and why?
A chocolate chip cookie, calm on the outside but lots of fun inside. 
Can you describe the show in three words?
Alien Journey Fun
When can people see the show and follow the journey beyond?
Spreading the Joy is on the 8th June at: 
Bull Green - 11am 
Wandsworth Town Library - 1.30pm
Ethelburga Community Centre - 4pm
Follow us on social media:
Facebook - Group 64 Theatre for Young People 
X: @Group64
Instagram @group64theatre

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