Lights, Camera, Action!
Throughout each year, Westholme’s Croston Theatre plays host to not only twice yearly school productions, but is also a cultural hub for a diverse range of events for leaders in their field
The school’s professional 550 seat theatre boasts superb lighting, acoustic and technical equipment which supports the large, versatile stage. Pupils are encouraged to take to the stage during their time at Westholme, whether it is performing in drama shows or taking to the orchestra pit as a member of the band in one of the many Concert Series musical performances throughout each year.
In the past year alone, we’ve welcomed an array of inspirational visitors to our theatre, including intrepid explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, world renowned astronaut, Buzz Aldrin and TV personality and children’s author, David Baddiel. In September and fresh back from presenting the BBC’s coverage of the Rio Olympics, we welcomed TV personality, Clare Balding to school who delivered an insightful talk to many students in Year 5 and 6 about her new children’s book, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop.
Many of the authors who visit Westholme are welcomed in conjunction with our friends at Silverwood Book Events. Owner, Elaine Silverwood recognises the professional set up at Westholme and comments: “I really enjoy working with the team at Westholme School. They are dedicated to providing lots of opportunities for the students at Westholme and also people in the wider community.”
Elaine goes on to say: “Already for 2017, we have some exciting events planned with Westholme; best-selling author and mental health campaigner, Ruby Wax will visit the school on the 10th January and the following week (18th January), Nick Knowles, star of TV’s DIY SOS will host a talk to promote his new cook book, Proper Healthy Food. To celebrate World Book Day in March, we will be working with Westholme on a four-author event to provide their students with an exceptional opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this special calendar date.”
Along with the guests Westholme’s partnership with Silverwood brings, the school also hosts an annual programme of lectures given by a motivational, intriguing and bar-raising guest. The series of lectures are named after and are in honour of Arthur Rouse, Principal of the school from 1950 to 1969. These are free lectures and are open to all members of the Westholme family. Past speakers have included renowned psychologist and media personality, Tanya Byron, Sarah Outen, the first and only female solo rower of the Indian Ocean, TV Historian, Dan Snow and most recently, former GB professional cyclist and now commentator, Rob Hayles. The 2017 lecture has already been booked for March and will see ITV Granada news presenter, Lucy Meacock visit Westholme to talk about her career as a TV journalist.
The Croston Theatre at Westholme is so much more than just a theatre; it keeps audiences culturally entertained throughout the year!
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