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.

As parents, educators, and caregivers, one of our primary responsibilities is to nurture the holistic development of children. Beyond academic achievements, instilling confidence and life skills in kids is crucial for their overall success and well-being. In this blog, we’ll delve into the importance of building confidence and life skills in children and explore practical strategies to empower them for a brighter future.

The Foundation of Confidence

1. Encouragement and Positive Reinforcement

Confidence sprouts in the fertile soil of encouragement. This section delves into the transformative power of positive reinforcement, creating an environment where every effort is celebrated, fostering a resilient spirit in children.

2. Setting Realistic Goals

Teaching the art of goal-setting is like providing children with a compass for their journey. Explore the importance of breaking down aspirations into achievable steps, empowering kids with the ability to navigate the path to success.

3. Celebrate Individuality

No two flowers bloom alike, and neither do children. This segment explores the significance of celebrating the unique qualities of each child, fostering a sense of identity that serves as a bedrock for confidence.

Life Skills for a Well-Rounded Future

4. Effective Communication

The mastery of communication is a life skill that extends far beyond words. Dive into strategies for honing effective communication skills in kids, empowering them to express thoughts and emotions with clarity and empathy.

5. Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

Life’s challenges are puzzles waiting to be solved. Uncover the importance of nurturing critical thinking skills in children, empowering them to approach problems with creativity and resilience.

6. Resilience in the Face of Challenges

Life is a series of peaks and valleys. This section explores the vital role of resilience in a child’s character, teaching them to weather storms, learn from setbacks, and emerge stronger on the other side.

7. Teamwork and Collaboration

The symphony of life often requires collaboration. Discover the benefits of instilling teamwork and cooperation in kids, preparing them for a future where collective success is as important as individual achievements.

8. Time Management and Organization

The ticking clock is a lifelong companion. Explore practical tips for instilling time management and organizational skills in children, preparing them to navigate the demands of a fast-paced world.

Practical Strategies for Implementation

9. Incorporate Learning through Play

Play is a child’s language, and within it lies a treasure trove of lessons. This segment explores the transformative power of incorporating learning into play, making education a joyous and engaging experience.

10. Provide Opportunities for Leadership

Leaders are not born; they are crafted. Delve into the significance of offering leadership opportunities to children, shaping confident individuals who can guide and inspire others.


“Building Confidence and Life Skills in Kids” is a guide for parents, educators, and caregivers seeking to sculpt a future generation equipped with not just knowledge but also the resilience, empathy, and confidence needed to navigate the complexities of life. By investing in these foundational elements, we pave the way for a future where every child can thrive and contribute meaningfully to the world.