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.

Trauma can have a lasting impact on children, affecting their mental health, behavior, and relationships. However, there are many effective therapies that can help children process their emotions and experiences, and one such therapy is drama therapy. Drama therapy is a creative arts therapy that uses drama techniques to help individuals explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. In this blog, we will explore how drama therapy can be used to help children who have experienced trauma.

What is Drama Therapy?

Drama therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses theater techniques to promote emotional and psychological healing. It is a holistic approach that engages the body, mind, and emotions, allowing individuals to explore their experiences in a safe and supportive environment. Drama therapy sessions can include a range of activities, such as role-playing, improvisation, storytelling, and movement exercises.

How Can Drama Therapy Help Children Who Have Experienced Trauma?

Trauma can have a profound impact on children, affecting their sense of safety, self-esteem, and ability to form healthy relationships. Drama therapy can be an effective tool to help children process their experiences and emotions in a safe and supportive environment. Here are some ways in which drama therapy can help children who have experienced trauma:

1. Building Trust 

Trust is a crucial component of any therapeutic relationship, especially for children who have experienced trauma. Drama therapy provides a safe and non-judgmental space where children can build trust with their therapist and other group members.

2. Expressing Emotions

Children who have experienced trauma may struggle to express their emotions in words. Drama therapy allows children to explore their emotions through role-playing and other creative activities, giving them a way to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment.

3. Developing Coping Skills 

Trauma can leave children feeling helpless and out of control. Drama therapy can help children develop coping skills and a sense of agency, giving them tools to manage their emotions and behaviors in difficult situations.

4. Creating New Narratives 

Trauma can leave children feeling stuck in a negative story about themselves and the world. Drama therapy can help children create new narratives about their experiences, promoting feelings of empowerment and resilience.

Long-Term Healing Through Drama Therapy

The benefits of drama therapy for children who have experienced trauma can be long-lasting. By helping children process their emotions and experiences in a safe and supportive environment, drama therapy can promote healing and resilience. Drama therapy can also help children develop a sense of agency and self-worth, which can be important factors in long-term healing. Overall, drama therapy can be a powerful tool for promoting emotional and psychological well-being in children who have experienced trauma.