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.

Art Therapy

Creative therapy is a type of therapy that uses creative activities to help individuals improve their emotional, mental, and physical well-being. This type of therapy is based on the idea that engaging in creative activities can be therapeutic, allowing individuals to express themselves and process difficult emotions. There are several types of creative therapy that are commonly used in mental health treatment.

1. Art Therapy 

Art therapy is a type of therapy that uses art as a means of communication. The therapist may ask the client to create artwork, such as paintings, sculptures, or collages, and then discuss the meaning behind the artwork. This can help the client to express emotions that they may not be able to put into words.

2. Music Therapy  

Music therapy is a type of therapy that uses music as a means of communication. The therapist may ask the client to play an instrument or sing a song, and then discuss the emotions that the music evokes. Music therapy can be used to help individuals cope with a variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and addiction.

3. Dance/Movement Therapy 

Dance/movement therapy is a type of therapy that uses movement as a means of communication. The therapist may ask the client to perform certain movements or dances, and then discuss the emotions that are evoked by the movements. This type of therapy can be used to help individuals with a variety of mental health issues, including trauma, anxiety, and eating disorders.

4. Drama Therapy 

Drama therapy is a type of therapy that uses acting as a means of communication. The therapist may ask the client to act out a certain scenario or play a certain role, and then discuss the emotions that arise during the performance. Drama therapy can be used to help individuals with a variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and addiction.

5. Writing Therapy 

Writing therapy is a type of therapy that uses writing as a means of communication. The therapist may ask the client to write about their thoughts and emotions, and then discuss the writing with the client. Writing therapy can be used to help individuals with a variety of mental health issues, including trauma, anxiety, and depression.

In conclusion, creative therapy is a type of therapy that uses creative activities to help individuals improve their emotional, mental, and physical well-being. There are several types of creative therapy that are commonly used in mental health treatment, including art therapy, music therapy, dance/movement therapy, drama therapy, and writing therapy. Each type of therapy is unique, and may be more effective for certain individuals and mental health issues. Creative therapy can be a powerful tool for individuals seeking to improve their mental health and overall well-being.