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.

Children go through various key milestones in their lives, from the first day of school to transitioning to adolescence. While these moments are exciting, they can also be accompanied by anxiety.

In this blog, we’ll explore how parents and educators can address anxiety in children during these significant milestones, providing support and guidance to ensure a smooth transition.

1. The First Day of School: Easing the Transition

The first day of school is a monumental milestone for both children and parents. To alleviate anxiety, parents can engage in pre-school preparation activities, such as visiting the school, meeting the teacher and talking about what to expect. Teachers play a crucial role in creating a welcoming environment and establishing routines that provide a sense of security.

2. Transitioning to Middle School: Navigating New Territory

Moving from elementary to middle school can be overwhelming for kids. Addressing anxiety involves familiarizing children with the new school layout, introducing them to the schedule, and encouraging peer connections. Educators can facilitate a smoother transition by organizing orientation programs and offering support systems within the school.

3. The Shift to High School: Academic and Social Pressures

High school introduces increased academic expectations and social pressures. Parents can help by discussing realistic academic goals, encouraging extracurricular activities and maintaining open communication. Schools should provide guidance counseling services to assist students in navigating both academic and social challenges.

4. Puberty and Adolescence: Understanding the Changes

Puberty is a significant milestone that often comes with emotional and physical changes, leading to heightened anxiety. Parents can foster open communication about these changes, emphasizing that they are a natural part of growing up. Schools can implement age-appropriate sex education programs and provide resources for emotional well-being.

5. College and Career Choices: Navigating the Future

As children approach the end of their school years, the prospect of college and career choices can induce anxiety. Parents can support by exploring interests, discussing options, and offering guidance without imposing undue pressure. Schools can organize career counseling sessions and provide resources for college preparation.

6. Transitioning to Adulthood: Independence and Responsibilities

The transition to adulthood marks a period of increased independence and responsibility. Parents can help by gradually allowing more autonomy, teaching essential life skills, and providing emotional support. Schools can implement life skills education programs to prepare students for the challenges of adulthood.


Addressing anxiety in key milestones requires a collaborative effort between parents and educators. By understanding the unique challenges associated with each milestone and implementing proactive strategies, we can create a supportive environment that empowers children to navigate these crucial stages with confidence and resilience. Let’s work together to ensure that every child’s journey through these milestones is marked by growth, self-discovery, and a sense of accomplishment.