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.

In a world characterized by constant change and evolving challenges, empowering the youth is not merely an aspiration but a necessity. One powerful and often overlooked tool for nurturing essential life skills in young minds is the transformative realm of creative drama. Beyond its role in the arts, creative drama serves as a dynamic force that fosters self-expression, collaboration, and personal growth.

In today’s blog, we’ll explore the profound impact of creative drama on youth empowerment and the myriad ways it prepares them for a future that demands creativity, resilience, and confident self-expression.

Section 1: Defining Creative Drama

Before delving into its empowering aspects, it’s crucial to understand what creative drama entails. Creative drama is a form of improvisational drama where participants explore, create, and perform in an unrehearsed and spontaneous manner. It goes beyond scripted performances, emphasizing the process of storytelling, role-playing, and collaborative problem-solving.

Section 2: Building Confidence and Self-Expression

One of the most significant benefits of engaging youth in creative drama is its ability to nurture confidence and self-expression. Through various improvisational exercises and role-playing scenarios, young individuals learn to trust their instincts, articulate their thoughts, and project their voices. This newfound confidence extends far beyond the stage, influencing their ability to communicate effectively in academic, professional, and personal settings.

Section 3: Enhancing Communication and Social Skills

Creative drama provides a unique platform for youth to explore diverse characters, perspectives, and narratives. In doing so, participants develop a heightened sensitivity to the nuances of communication. They learn the importance of active listening, empathy, and adapting their communication style to different situations. These skills are invaluable in forging meaningful connections and navigating the complexities of social interactions.

Section 4: Fostering Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

The unscripted nature of creative drama requires participants to think on their feet, make quick decisions, and adapt to changing circumstances. This fosters the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. As youth engage in collaborative storytelling and improvise solutions, they become better equipped to navigate the uncertainties of the real world with creativity and resilience.

Section 5: Cultivating Empathy and Cultural Awareness

Creative drama often involves exploring characters from diverse backgrounds and cultures. This process encourages participants to step into the shoes of others, fostering empathy and cultural awareness. As youth gain a deeper understanding of different perspectives, they become more open-minded, tolerant, and capable of navigating an increasingly interconnected global society.


Creative drama is not just a form of artistic expression; it is a powerful tool for empowering youth. By fostering confidence, communication skills, critical thinking, and empathy, creative drama prepares young individuals for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. As educators, parents, and mentors, embracing and promoting creative drama can be instrumental in nurturing a generation of empowered, adaptable, and resilient individuals ready to make a positive impact on the world.

The RYTC is a dynamic hub where performing arts and drama therapy converge to empower youth locally in Warwickshire, the West Midlands, and globally online. Our commitment to creative expression knows no boundaries.

RYTC changes lives creatively every day with its inclusive, innovative acting workshops, drama clubs, theatre training, and team building.