Memorial for Bill Kenwright from The RYTC

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.

These days, your kids can be experiencing all the feels, from sadness and anxiety to feeling distant, lonely, and bored. To assist kids in recognizing and controlling their emotions, we could include a few art therapy exercises. 

1. Make art with nature

Working with natural materials is soothing and helps ground us. Plus, you can find beautiful materials to work with by just taking a walk outside. Make nature bracelets, sun-catchers, or create beautiful weavings with natural materials.

2. Creating collages

Creating collages is a very therapeutic activity with a two-fold benefit. The physical sensation of handling different materials and textures—soft, scratchy, rigid—is very comforting. And the creative process of putting things together in a new and different way helps organize and calm your brain.

3. Make masks

Making or embellishing a mask as part of art therapy frequently leads to exploring various facets of our personalities. Sometimes we can put on a mask to hide emotions that are difficult to communicate. Give your child a mask that is already created, or have them construct one out of paper and let them decorate it however they like. Ask them to tell you the history of the mask after they are done.

4. Painting

One of the various art therapy techniques that may be employed with great freedom is painting. Children may  use tools including spray paint, watercolors, and acrylic paints to make artwork. Painting can be combined with movement and music. Some children struggle with concentration or decision-making. For those who have trouble starting a task, painting is a great option.

5. Creating mandalas

Drawing figures with repeated patterns, like mandalas, is good for regulating emotions and the nervous system. It can help kids focus their attention and calm down. After drawing them, they can color them in! Mandala making or coloring can be a wonderfully meditative exercise for emotional expression, centering, and self-soothing. 

6. Writing

Writing in an expressive journal might include words, pictures, sketches, collages, or other visual representations of feelings, ideas, memories, goals, and other inner experiences.

Children can practice honest self-expression in a safe environment provided by the journal.

7. Sculpting or Modelling

Clay can be molded and remolded, so creating sculptures out of it during a session can be quite relaxing.

8. Self-portraiture

A sequence of self-portraits can show how a child views their identity evolving over time. Self-portraiture utilizing a variety of mediums can be quite cathartic. These can be created by various artistic techniques, such as drawing, painting, mask-making, sculpture, photography, or mixed media.