December 4, 2023

A Great Cause!

In this week's blog, Theatretrain's Artistic Director expresses gratitude to the remarkable students and parents who played a crucial role in the danceathon on October 7th. Together, they raised an impressive £48,254.00 for Theodora Children's Charity, supporting their Christmas campaign for children's mental health. The collective efforts will undoubtedly make a significant impact on Theodora's valuable work, bringing joy and laughter to children in hospitals and hospices nationwide.

This week I want to pay tribute to all those Theatretrain Students and their parents who played a part in our danceathon on 7th October. It was in aid of our charity the Theadora Children’s Charity and their Christmas campaign for children’s mental health.

This year alone the Theodora Giggle Doctors have made 13,105 visits to children in hospitals and hospices. As you can imagine for some children being in hospital can be a traumatic experience, some of them are unable to speak. But a visit from a Giggle Doctor in a white coat but in the business of helping them laugh and smile can help to draw them out and start to speak. This is where the work is so valuable and it helps the children recover quicker.

Last week it was announced that 40% of young people currently experience problems with their mental health and of course, this can take many forms. If you are feeling down it sometimes feels that nothing anyone does can help – you can feel terribly alone.

I know for some kids that an experience like Theatretrain can bring them out of themselves. If you are busy standing in a space – dancing, acting or singing you aren’t focused so much on yourself. Not only that but you are surrounded by others and if the work allows you to talk about imaginary feelings it can give you a context later to put your life into perspective.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently as I have completed a book that identifies some 60 skills that you can take away from performing arts sessions. 15 of them are theatre skills, another 15 are skills of working in a group and yet another 30 are life skills because so many of these cross over into theatre work, for instance, concentration, empathy, self-esteem and developing emotional intelligence. It’s a cliché I know but our young people are our future and we need them to know that we are there for them. They have had to endure a lot in recent years and their resilience and courage have been tested. But I know they have the determination and adaptability to make things better. They and their parents are also kind and generous – as we see with their willingness to dance away and raise that money for a great cause!

Theatretrain, a nationwide provider of weekend theatre schools for young people aged 4-18, specialises in weekly classes in acting, singing, and dancing. An emphasis is placed on learning valuable life skills such as confidence, empathy, courage, and resilience. If you know a child who loves to dance, act and sing or could do with a little confidence boost why not visit to find out what our performing arts classes can offer your child at one of our 80 locations across the UK.

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