Honoring Bill Kenwright

The RYTC team was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and patron Bill Kenwright CBE. 

Bill was a partner, father, grandfather, great friend and patron. He will be missed by many and this is testament to his giving nature and impact on the theatre and creative arts space. The team wanted to honour his legacy and influence with this memorial page.

The RYTC’s Artistic Director started her career in Bill Kenwright’s work family. Bill told her to go and open her own youth theatre, because ‘being creative is so important for our kids!’ His mantra… “go and do it”!! And if “it” is right – then you can’t fail.”

To name only a fraction of the awards and achievements Bill received are the notable honour of a CBE in 2002, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Theatrical Management Association in 2008, and an honourary BBC Radio 2 special episode of Friday Night in 2017 broadcast from the London Palladium itself. Bill was nominated for a London Theatre Critics’ Award for West Side Story and a Tony Award for Blood Brothers.

This multi-award winning career saw Bill’s West End productions constantly in notable venues such as the RSC, Dominion, Palladium, Apollo and many others. Ensuring his legacy as one of the UK’s most successful theatre producers.

Bill embodied the spirit of empowering young people through creative opportunities. His legacy will be felt and continued through the many groups and communities he supported with the mission of providing opportunities to local young people. Bill made his community and generations of people richer through experiences such as finding like minds, getting creative and fostering confidence in young people.

The RYTC in memory of Bill will continue to “go and do it” as his legacy will continue to empower our team, kids and encourage everyone to be creative.

Our thoughts are with Bill’s family at this difficult time and also with the many people we know he impacted for the better.

Creative Arts Therapy is a broad phrase for healthcare professions that employ the creative and expressive process of creating art to enhance and improve the psychological and social well-being of people of all ages and health situations. The creative arts used in therapy can be art, music, play, drama, or dance.

When words are inadequate, art therapy offers a non-threatening, non-verbal, indirect way of communication, allowing the child to explore challenging emotions and difficulties in the therapist’s safe, nonjudgmental setting. Children sometimes have trouble controlling strong emotions including worry, sadness, impatience, and wrath. A responsive, tuned-in therapist offers the child the chance to explore and express their emotional world through creative arts therapy in a secure and encouraging setting.

What kids are suitable for the therapy?

Creative arts therapies are available to any child who is facing personal, social, emotional, or behavioral challenges. The child may also have experienced trauma, loss, grief, or family dissolution. The therapy gives the kid the chance to discover their inner world, grow in self-awareness, and find healthy ways to express themselves. When a youngster engages with a reliable adult outside of the family to discuss personal issues, they frequently gain immensely from doing so. 

What happens in the therapy?

The child gains confidence in therapy as a dependable, safe environment where they are free to express themselves through whatever form of creativity they find most natural. The treatment helps to some extent identify and address the child’s personal troubles and worries as the relationship grows and the youngster becomes more verbal over time. The therapist communicates with the parents of the kid to better understand their needs and to assist the child in their therapeutic journey. Since children are frequently more impulsive, less constrained, and in touch with their creative self than many adults, using creative arts therapy with them can be highly beneficial.