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Matilda, the BFG and the Twits – for children at the Woodville Theatre for Youth in Gravesend, it was all things Roald Dahl

By Lizzie Massey

Matilda, the BFG and the Twits – for children at the Woodville Theatre for Youth, it was all things Roald Dahl.

Children aged six to 12 were given the opportunity to put on a performance incorporating the author’s work – and there was no time to gobblefunk with words, not with lines to learn.

After a full week of rehearsals at the Gravesend theatre, the children’s hard work was rewarded with a performance to friends and family.

Woodville Halls, Gravesend. Kids taking part in a show.

The workshops and play were devised by Claire Goatham, education and outreach coordinator for the Woodville.

She said: “The children were excellent, learning drama and acting skills and having fun.

“They all learned their lines and put in 100% effort. The show was great and I’m really proud of them.”

The workshops, sponsored by Grove House Orthodontics, in Grove Road, Northfleet, were designed to increase confidence and teach life skills.

A summer workshop is planned for the week of July 28 and will include improvisation, physical theatre and stage combat.

A new group for youngsters over 13, Woodville Youth Pro, also starts with a two-week workshop from August 18.

Woodville Theatre for Youth

Woodville Theatre for Youth

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Trixie Ajose-Alatife Tyler Spensley Tabitha Dumaisnil Glen Dumaisnil Riley Coyne Michelle Costa Leila Haselden Jasmine Angus Chloe Cast Liliana Nelson Niamh Begley Lucie Calvert

Woodville Youth Pro will form a repertory theatre company that will produce plays at The Woodville studio theatre, sponsored by 02 Gravesend.

To take part in the summer workshops or join the classes on Wednesday evenings from September, emailclaire.goatham@gravesham.gov.uk

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