Raising Awareness

The Integrated Autism Service

In 2018 we were awarded a grant from the Integrated Autism Service to run an Autism Awareness day in our community which consisted of two workshops with parents, councillors, business owners and adults with autism who revealed what life was like for them living in our county and the daily struggles faced.

We created a sensory booth to give an insight into what life could be like living with autism from extreme sensitivity to heat, light, noise and smell and being assigned a challenging task to complete whilst in the booth.

The Denbigh Dragon

A National Lottery Funded Community Project

In Summer 2017 we were awarded funding from the National Lottery for our bilingual community project The Denbigh Dragon - The Legend of Johnny Two Thumbs.

We worked with 50 young people, 3 professional actors and a local willow artist Huw Davies over a whole week to devise and create a community performance which took place at Denbigh Castle and was featured on Heno on S4C.

It was written and directed by local West End actor Sean Jones himself a Denbigh boy.

West End Comes to Denbigh

In the summer of 2018 we performed in a charity concert West End Comes to Denbigh to raise funds for this year’s Summer School.

Stars from the West End descended on Denbigh Town Hall for a night to remember to raise thousands of pounds to enable young people of all backgrounds to take part in creative workshops.

Performers from Blood Brothers, Mama Mia, Phantom of the Opera as well as the Denbigh Community Choir, The Denbigh Workshop and local artistes performed songs from the shows.

Over £3000 was raised on this one event.

Summer School Workshop

In the summer 2018 we secured funding from the Denbigh Town Council, Freeman Evans Trust, Denbigh Rotary, DVSC Youth Fund, Welsh Church Act Fund and Denbigh Chocolate Shop to provide our summer school a week of workshops on the theme of A Cabaret of Chaos celebrating our differences with 50 young people at the Hwb Denbigh.

5 professional actors taught sessions on puppetry, dance, singing, poetry, physical theatre and theatre make up which culminated in a sharing at Denbigh Town hall attended by our local community.

Working With Dolwen

In March 2017 we were awarded a grant from The Big Lottery

for an intergenerational reportage piece of theatre based around the memories from the residents of Dolwen, a local care home in Denbigh, and students from six schools in the area.

We drew upon their memories of St David’s Day throughout their childhoods and devised a piece of theatre and poetry performed at a huge community Celebration event on St David’s Day at the Town Hall attending by residents, students, town councillors and the local community.

Rhuddlan Food Festival

In May 2017 The Denbigh Workshop were invited to perform at the Rhuddlan Food Festival,

A celebratory community event which involved local food producers and retailers in the town. Our students enjoyed entertaining the crowds.

A Midsummer Nights Dreamland

Summer school 2019

In the summer 2019 we were awarded funding by CFIW and Freeman Evans Trust to enable 77 young people to attend a FREE five day bilingual performance summer school at Myddelton College. We had young people from all backgrounds and abilities attend this fantastic course.

Workshops were delivered by Gareth Aled (pictured) the Director of Puppetry for the National Theatre's Warhorse, Kaitlin Howard Stage Combat Director, Sean Jones West End Actor, Christine Parle West End Actor, Huw Davies Award winning maker and practioner, Tracy Spencer West End Actor, Sarah Davies Voice Tutor and Sarah Evans Urdang Grad.

Sessions started at 8.30am for working parents and finished at 5.30pm. We tackled holiday hunger by making sure everyone received a full packed lunch and we ate together in the great hall. Over the five days we danced, sang, performed Shakespeare, recited poetry from Twm Or Nant, acted, did stage combat, devised a performance, made new friends and laughed a lot