Spectacular Seussical Launch on stage at Theatre Royal Winchester

Seussical the Musical Launch 

Wednesday 17 June 2015 


Supporters were treated to a mini preview of Theatre Royal Winchester’s Summer Youth Theatre Musical Seussical this week. Seussical is a colourful musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the books of Dr Seuss. The young people between the ages of 8-16 performed two numbers on stage to a supportive crowd.

The show is directed by me, with choreography by Ryan Grimshaw and Musical Direction by Robert Rayner. The colourful design by Hayley Spicer with costumes made by the very talented Arts University Bournemouth Students and puppets by Stuff and Nonsense with Holly Miller.


Team FOH


Our young people absolutely delivered the goods! The two songs were electric and true to the spirit of the production highlighting everything you would want and expect from a show that includes characters from the wonderful world of Dr Seuss, whilst promising unexpected delights.4ImDi80nQ-WItwkMhvdVLZAVrY4Y6wFjuBYSM6ZE0g4

Young Theatre Royal gives young performers aged 6 to 21 the opportunity to create theatre and perform.

Seussical will run from Saturday 18 July to Sunday 19 July 2015 and is sponsored by Darren Northeast PR and supported by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. To book visit theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk


Fun is good.” Dr. Seuss

Photo credit Dominic Parkes

Young Critics to get exclusive access at Hat Fair


The Young Critics scheme, which is sponsored by A Younger Theatre, will have exclusive access to performers and acts at Hat Fair 2015.

Source: Young Critics to get exclusive access at Hat Fair

Young Critics at Hat Fair

Young Critics Get Involved in Hat Fair, Winchester’s Outdoor Arts Festival

Young Critics

A new generation of young theatre critics will be putting their reviewing and writing skills to the test in the exciting arena of outdoor arts. They will be let loose at this year’s Hat Fair (3-5 July) and will have exclusive access to interview the artists and performers.

As part of the three day event the Young Critics will be offered professional development with prolific blogger Megan Vaughan, who writes as Churlish Meg. They will also meet critics from the National Association of Street Arts.

All reviews will be uncensored and uploaded to a blog that Megan has created especially for the event.

Megan Vaughan adds: “The Young Critics Scheme from the Theatre Royal is new, but it’s going from strength-to-strength already. It’s fantastic that those opportunities are being rolled out for the young people at Hat Fair too, meaning they’ll get experience of responding to work in an intensive, festival environment. I’m looking forward to supporting them through the whole weekend but, to be honest, I’m mostly excited about reading all the brilliance they come up with!”

Young Critics is a scheme for under 25s aimed at inspiring a new generation of theatre critics to stimulate interest in performance, run by Theatre Royal Winchester and A Younger Theatre. So far participants have been mentored by journalist heavyweights Lyn Gardner, Catherine Love, Mark Shenton, Natasha Tripney, and supported by Jake Orr, founder of A Younger Theatre.

Scheme founder and organiser Carl Woodward commented: “”Reviews and coverage are a critical part of the creative process. We are thrilled that our young reviewers can feed in to the debate around outdoor arts and respond to a diverse range of performances, from headline acts, to pop-up-performances and unconventional hatters. The extension of this project into Hat Fair says a lot about the importance of critical writing, and encourages more coverage responding to the surprise and playfulness of the outdoor and street arts sector.”