Double bill of plays performed in the GATE

The GATE in Belle Isle hosted Life & Soul and His Masters Voice on June 9th 2017.

Life & Soul is written by Leeds writer Chris O’Connor and was performed by Richard Galloway. His Masters Voice was written by Belle Isle writer Tony Gaughan and was performed by two graduates of the actors course which took place in the GATE earlier in 2017, Tony Spirrett and Sylvia Gaughan.

It was a great night, with up to 50 people in attendance, including three members of the Leeds Rhinos, Stevie Ward, Adam Cuthbertson and Jamie Jones Buchanen.


Arts council funding application goes in!

You will be delighted to know that our funding application to the arts council for the Beyond Theatre project has been completed and we now await their response!  Phew! ee by gum it were a big un!

We have been told we have a 6 week wait for a decision…

We also await responses from funders for the Belle Isle 500 project and a Creative Writing course to be delivered by guest speakers in the GATE

Red Ladder
Community Theatre Group are also in talks to host a double bill of plays at the GATE in Belle Isle in the coming months, with a play by local writer Tony Gaughan and whisper it quietly….RED LADDER…due to be on the bill…

Its all about funding….

Just a quick update on how the Community Theatre Group is progressing…since the turn of the new year (2017) we have been busy looking at budgets for two projects we have planned to start in September 2017. Belle Isle 500 is a short story competition which all being well (fingers crossed with the funding!) will involve key stage 2 pupils from all 3 primary schools in Belle Isle – Sharp Lane, Windmill and Clapgate and Beyond Theatre is an ambitious project we are keen to run with Sharp Lane Primary School. Thankfully we are now ready to apply for external funding for both these projects so hopefully in the coming months more news will start to appear …watch this space!

How to create a character

To write a good story, play script or monologue, you have to have to create believable and interesting characters. Here are some tips on how to make a good character:

1. Think about the way they speak

The way your character speaks is probably going to be different to how you speak, especially if they have a different age, social class or accent. Think about, and do some research on, your character’s dialect (how they speak based on where they are from), sociolect (how they speak based on their age, gender or class) and idiolect (how they personally speak, which you can invent yourself with the other two in mind).

2. Their background, interests, and other aspects of their personality

Even if it isn’t part of the story you are telling, think about their backstory. Possible things to consider: their relationship with their parents or carers, did they enjoy school, what did they study, how many relationships have they had? What do they do in their spare time, what’s their biggest dream in life? Jot these things down in a diary entry by your character, or just as a list.

3. What’s their motive?

When they are speaking, what are they really trying to achieve? Are they telling the truth? What’s their relationship with other characters really like? As a writer, you need to know what is going through your characters’ head at all times (even if the audience doesn’t know).

4. Base your character off someone in real life

Of course, they shouldn’t be exactly the same, but using someone you know or even a celebrity or character from a TV show, film, play or book might help you picture your character and how they would speak, stand, move and even react to situations.

5. Avoid stereotypes

This is important to avoid offending anyone, but also to add depth to your character. Don’t be afraid to include characters which might seem a bit risky, but make sure you do your research! For example, including a person with a disability is great for representation, but it might be a good idea to talk to someone with a disability or to look at websites designed to give information about the disability, to make sure you are giving an accurate portrayal. Also remember never to make a character just about their disability (or race, religion, sexuality etc.). Remember to explore other sides of them too!

Pen to Paper

Fantastic new 8 week Creative Writing course starting on Tuesday 21st February between 1pm and 3pm at the GATE Community Resource Centre, Belle Isle. Learn how to explore character and plot with a little help from James Major and local Belle Isle writer Tony Gaughan. Contact the GATE Community Resource Centre for more info on 0113 3782190

Acting classes coming to Belle Isle!

A 7 week Red Grit Actor Training course is coming to Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisations GATE Community Resource Centre from Tuesday 28th February 2017. Funded by the Inner South community committee, the course will be delivered by Red Ladder Artistic Director Rod Dixon who will share the Red Ladder approach to actor training, from character to relationships to ensemble and participants can range from professional actors to total beginners. The classes will take place in the evenings between 6pm and 8.30pm and are a great opportunity for people looking to hone their acting skills and could be the first step towards  being part of Red Ladders upcoming community productions. To book onto the course contact James Major at the GATE on 0113 3782190