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 we celebrate British Science Week, a time when we celebrate the wonders of science and the innovative minds that drive its progress, it’s a perfect opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists, inventors, and thinkers.
For youth theatre, this week presents a unique opportunity to integrate science into our performances and educational outreach programs, sparking curiosity and fostering a love for learning among young audiences.

The Power of Science in Theatre

Theatre has always been a powerful medium for storytelling, education, and inspiration. By incorporating elements of science into our productions, we can not only entertain but also educate, engage, and inspire our young audiences. From exploring the mysteries of the universe to delving into the intricacies of human behavior, science offers a wealth of material that can be creatively adapted for the stage.

Ideas for Integrating Science into Youth Theatre

1. Science-Themed Plays

Develop plays that explore scientific concepts, historical figures, or scientific discoveries. For example, a play about the life of Sir Isaac Newton or a drama about the challenges faced by early explorers could be both educational and entertaining.

2. Science Workshops and Interactive Sessions

Organize workshops or interactive sessions where young actors can learn about scientific principles through hands-on activities. This could include experiments, demonstrations, or discussions led by scientists or educators.

3. Science-Inspired Costumes and Props

Incorporate science-themed costumes and props into your productions. This could range from historical scientific instruments to futuristic gadgets, adding a visual element that enhances the storytelling.

4. Science-Based Storytelling

Use science as a narrative device in your plays. This could involve using scientific concepts to drive the plot, explore themes, or provide a backdrop for the characters’ experiences.

5. Science Education Outreach

Collaborate with local schools or science centers to offer educational programs that tie in with your productions. This could include Q&A sessions with scientists, workshops on scientific literacy, or performances tailored to specific science themes.

Why Science in Youth Theatre Matters

  • Engagement

Science can make learning more engaging and memorable for young audiences, encouraging them to explore and understand the world around them.

  • Inspiration

Seeing science come to life on stage can inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

  • Education

By integrating science into theatre, we can provide a unique and engaging way to educate young audiences about scientific concepts and discoveries.

Conclusion

As we celebrate British Science Week, let’s seize the opportunity to inspire curiosity and a love for science among our young audiences. By integrating science into our youth theatre productions and educational outreach programs, we can not only entertain but also educate, engage, and inspire the next generation of scientists, inventors, and thinkers.

Happy British Science Week! Let’s make this week count by igniting curiosity and fostering a love for science in our youth theatre community.