Dover Youth Theatre

Previous Events and Photographs

About Dover Youth Theatre
Becoming A Member - Contact Us
Some Past Events
AGM - Chairperson's Report
Our Town ~ November 2009
The Women - 2008
Previous Events and Photographs
At the Going Down of the Sun - 1 August 2014
On this page we have pictures of previous events.

Accessing Pictures:
There are pictures loaded onto the DYT MSN account:
If you would like to view any of these then please send an e-mail to with the name of the set you would like and the name and group you (or your child) are in (i.e Kat Wiggell in Lvl 4 Drama). 
Please note that currently I have to send a link for each set of pictures.
HOWEVER, more recent pictures plus video clips are being stored on a hard drive and are most readily accessed by providing a USB stick or other portable media to the Secretary, John Wiggell (01304-206583)
8th December 2009 (Tuesday) @ 7 p.m. ~ DYT Christmas Performance ~ Roundhouse Theatre.
3rd October 2009 ~ Dickens Festival in the Market Square.  Then Speakers' Day with Dover Hosting of the Cinque Ports in the Town Hall.  Then Dickens Festival Carnival Queen Ball in the Kings Hall (a busy day).
(photo Denise Wiggell)
(photo Denise Wiggell)
(photo Denise Wiggell)
(photo Denise Wiggell)
Date                           Event
Sun 22nd Mar 09 ~ The Kent County Council Youth Theatre Festival  at the Marlowe Academy Ramsgate.  This event was Free and open to Level III and Level IV students and was excellent.  Each student took part in three professionally led  90 minutes workshops.  Lunch and Dinner was provided free to those attending and the event culminated in an evening performance of the skills learnt during the day.  Kent County Council did a fantastic job of organising the event, which was very well attended by Youth Theatre groups from all over the County, with young people of a wide range of talent and ability.  The leaders also got the opportunity to learn new skills as well as to network with both other theatre groups and the council members.  The venue was ideal for the time of year and the management must be congratulated for the service they provided to the event.  Members of DYT took part in the final performance and this can be viewed on KentTV; just click the link below:
Tues 31st Mar 09 - Parents and friends were invited to attend the last class of the term.  Photographs of some of the activities are available... Some pictures below ~ for those not of a nervous disposition...

Open Evening - Level IV - Dance Fever
Photo: Denise Wiggell

Open Evening - Level III - Fight Skills
Photo: John Wiggell

Open Evening - Adults - Carried Away
Photo: Denise Wiggell

You Don't Have To Be Mad To Work Here
Photo: Denise Wiggell

Open Evening - Level III - Mountain Rescue
Photo: John Wiggell

125th Anniversary - Connaught Park ~ 20th July 08.
An excellent performance of a comic drama about rehearsing for a play. Well enjoyed by those sitting in the warm sunshine; including a heckler (all part of the show folks!!)

Picture by John Wiggell

Summer In The Park ~ 9th & 12th July 08 
Performed one day in Dover Boys Grammar and then in the Amphitheatre in Folkstone (a logistic nightmare).  A story of a group of young people who are trying to put on a play in a park that is scheduled for development.  Ghosts, unrequited love and a happy ending.

Photo by Phil Chisholm

In case you wonder what happens during the holidays; well DYT is involved in Community Projects. In 2009 these included: 5 Aug = Aylesham Youth Centre ~ Drama Sound & Music Theatre (Andrew, Marie, Michael), Thu 6 Aug = Sibertswold Primary School ~ Drama Theme Pirates (Marie, Michael), Fri 7 Aug = Nonnington Dolphins ~ (Marie, Michael), Mon 10 Aug = St. Joseph's Aylesham ~ Ackhold Rd ~ Drama, Street Dance, Beatbox DJ/MC'ing (Tamzin, Andrew, Hannah & Jonathan),  Tue 11 Aug = Tilmanstone Rovers Activity Club ~ (Marie, Michael) Thu 13 Aug = Sibertswold Primary ~ Drama Theme Summer Holidays (Marie, Michael),
Fri 14 Aug = The Relativity Project ~ (Julia, Tamzin, Marie, Micheal), Fri 14 Aug = Nonnington Dophins (as for 7 Aug 09), Tue 18 Aug = Tilmanstone Rovers (as for 11 Aug 09), Thu 20 Aug = Eythorne and Elvington School ~ Young Explorers (Marie , Michael), Fri 21 Aug = Aylesham Relativity Project ~ (Marie, Michael, Tamzin, Jonathan), Tue 25 Aug = Tilmanstone Rovers ~ (Jackie Smith Marie Michael), Wed 26 Aug = Elvington Youth Club ~ Fun Day (Andrew, Marie, Michael) , Thu 27 Aug =  Elvington School ~ Circus time (Marie, Michael), Fri 28 Aug = Nonnington Dolphins (Marie, Michael), Sept Dance Workshops (Tamzin & Hannah), Aylesham Youth Club Tue 1st, Thu 3rd and Thu 10th Sept = Carnival on 12th Sept  Elvington Youth Club ~ Community Centre St John’s Road Elvington ~ Wed 9th,  Wed 16th and Wed 23rd ~ 6.30-8.30pm ~ Carnival on 26th Sept.
Wednesday 8th July 2009: The End of Spring Term Performance at the Dover Grammar School for Boys.
As always the end of term performance was very well attended by friends of DYT and family members.  We were also delighted to have the Mayor of Dover (Councillor Sue Jones), the Lady Mayoress (Councillor Rommie Philpott), the Vice Chairman of Dover District Council (Councillor Stephen Manion) and other dignitaries attending.
The Junior Theatre Dance got the show rolling with "Bingo Bongo" and this was followed by the Level I Drama performing "Rose and the Wicked Wolfee".  A take on the 'Red Riding Hood' story with a lot of opportunity for having fun with lots of laughs and action.  These were both very well done and a credit to the younger members who had clearly put a lot of effort into making a good show.
Level II Drama followed with "Frenzy in the Theatre", which is a play within a play and always tricky; needing good co-ordination and timing to make it work.  Again, it was clear that they had put a lot of effort into the performance; particularly as many of the cast were playing two or three parts.  To close the first half the Junior Dance then did a routine to "Summer Holiday".
After the interval the Level III & IV Drama and the Senior Theatre Dance combined to present "The Pied Piper".  This is an adaptation of the original Hameln story that focuses on some of the other characters along with the Piper and King Rat.  It was packed with opportunities for the cast to show off their skills in dance, drama and singing. 
The show started by introducing you to the rats, some of whom were disillusioned with living in a rubbish tip and sought adventure elsewhere; sailing in a sardine can to new places.  Then we moved to the arrival of the Piper and the first song by the rats, an excellent rock & roll piece.  The mayor of Hameln and the townsfolk want a solution to the rat problem and the Piper offers them one and sells her wares in another song.  The rats go to their watery doom singly happily to the 'Gorganzola Moon' but then the mayor reneges on the payment.  The Piper leads the children of the town to a better land in the Copperburg Mountain and the citizens realise the error of their ways.  Close with a song (reprise).  Lots of hard work both on stage and behind the scenes to produce an excellent show.
Sunday 12th July 2009:  Community Presentation of "The Pied Piper" at Connaught Park.
The weather started awful but at 9 a.m. Neville, Andrew and John were at the park to start setting up the tents and sound system.  Soon other volunteers arrived to put up the second tent (thanks to the Scouts) and the backdrop (Dover Marquee Company).  The first generator was not powerful enough but thanks to Lucas (The Louis Armstrong PH) a replacement was soon in place.  So everything was in place when the actors arrived for the first rehearsal, important because there were a few cast changes to do.  Just before 3 p.m. the sun was blazing overhead and the first of the audience arrived, followed by St. John's Ambulance.  The show went very well indeed with full advantage being taken of the new layout, a more open space than at DGSB, which put the actors closer to the audience.  Having ended with the finale song and well deserved applause the stage area was struck and tents, generators and props vanished into assorted vehicles.  A lot of behind te scenes work but well worth it.
Wednesday 15th July 2009: Community Presentation of "The Pied Piper" at the Aylesham Conference Centre.
 Another early start at 10 a.m. (Marie & Michaelhad been busy a few hours earlier) as everyone met at Harold Street to board the minibus and load props into cars; to then move to Aylesham.  Neville and Andrew had already started on the sound system at the Community Centre.  On arrival the cast had to be reallocated roles as illness had reduced the numbers and Tamzin stepped in to fill the role of the mayoress.  Rehearsing continued apace and soon it was approaching 1.30 p.m. and the arrival of the children from Aylesham County Primary and St. Joseph's Schools. 
The show went down a storm with both young and old and the songs and dance were applauded throughout.  The venue again meant that the cast had to adapt the presentation to take best advantage of the layout and were able to move through the audience and interact more; which brought even more energy to the show.  A high point to the end of the DYT Summer term.
The Aylesham event forms part of the "Theatre in Education" programme, which is in support of the community development programmes of Kent County Council and the Dover District Council Neighbourhood Forum.  Links reference TiE, KCC and DDC are:

"The Vagina Monologues" ~ Fri 6th & Sat 7th Feb 09. In the Dover Discovery Centre, Roundhouse Theatre performed by Tamzin Dunstone, Vivienne Howlett and Marie Kelly-Thomas; as part of the World-wide VDAY Campaign to stop Violence against Women and Girls.  It was hard work meeting the rehearsal schedule, coping with a sudden virus attack and last minute changes to the script by the author.  However, the event was a resounding success and well attended, helped I'm sure by the very positive article in the Kent Messenger paper.  Sincere thanks also goes to those behind the scenes; Sinead Chapman and Samantha Sheppard (stage management), Andrew Martyn (lighting), Neville Kemp (sound) and Zoe Anderson (projection). The hard work paid off with a sometimes amusing, always thought provoking and interesting performance that addressed many serious and current issues facing women and girls in Africa and elsewhere in the world.  The proceeds will go to help charities in Dover and the Congo.
Stage Fighting Workshop ~ Tues 3rd Feb 09 : Josiah Rose lead a stage fighting workshop at the Salem Baptist Church Hall, assisted by Jonathon Howlett, for those aged 11 and over, which was very well attended.  The feedback was very positive and a lot of new skills were learnt and practiced.  Thank you to all who helped make this a success.
9th Dec 08 ~ Christmas Show "Georgina & The Dragon"  Well it was hard work, what with just having finished The Women, but as usual the members of DYT pulled off a cracking event that showcased the talents of the actors and dancers from every group. 
Dickens Festival ~ Sat 4th October 08.  An annual tradition and this year DYT not only performed in the Market Square but also at the Dickens Ball in the evening.  During the day the weather was overcast but fine however the rain settled in during the walk to the King's Hall.  The performances were well received and we would like to thank the Ball organisors for their kind donation of 50.

Dickens Festival - Kings Hall
4 Oct 08 - photo Anita Luckett

Dickens Festival - Dover Market Square
04 Oct 08 - photo Anita Luckett

Sat 4th to Thu 9th Apr 09 = Easter Workshop. The theme was "From Classic to Contemporary West End and Broadway".  This year Andrew Friesner, Composer and West End Director with Andrew Lloyd Webber and on the staff of The Royal Academy of Music,  Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Rose Bruford College worked with 25 young people from the local area to pass on a range of new skills. The event closed with a performance in the Dover Town Hall, which was free to the general public, and which went down a storm. 
21 & 22 Nov 08 Level IV Drama "The Women"
This production was produced by Tamzin Dunstone and Marie Kelly-Thomas and was a serious testing piece for the all-girl team that make up the Level IV Drama group.  It also provided many of the Level III girls with an experience of acting at a higher level, whilst the Level III boys got a taste for stage management.  The Roundhouse Theatre in The Discovery Centre is an environment where the audience is in close proximity and good stage discipline is very important.  Everyone did very well indeed being professional both front and back of stage. 


Photo: John Wiggell

L~R: Rachel Morgan, Fiona Padfield, Samantha Sheppard, Nancy Leach, Eleanor Wright

Photo: John Wiggell

Photo: John Wiggell

Photo: John Wiggell

"Stage & Screen" Drama Workshop 2008
Visit by the Mayor

Dance & Drama for the young people of Dover...