Support for Pickering Cancer Trust

The Assembly Hall Theatre held an illustration workshop with the Pickering Family Support Group (which supports local families whose lives have been affected by cancer) on Saturday 19th October 2019 with just over 30 members  in attendance. The session ran with Matt Syms, a local illustrator, from 10am -12pm. However, many members of the group were so engrossed that they stayed to complete their work for another hour.

Matt taught the families the basics of illustration, providing tips on idea generation and giving tutorials in how to draw people, hands and objects as requested (as well as the best way to hold your pencil, shading and other really helpful sketching tips). The participants were asked to illustrate their favourite part of the Peter Pan story. The artwork created has been printed onto display boards and exhibited in the stairwells of the Theatre over its Pantomime season (which this year is Peter Pan).

Our sponsorship has enabled the Theatre to deliver this project so please do visit the Theatre over the Pantomime season to view the artworks produced at the October workshop.

Support for Magic Lantern

One of the projects we are supporting this year is Magic Lantern (, an educational charity which runs interactive Art History workshops in schools using art to help pupils observe the world around them and think creatively and criticially, thereby initiating their lifelong enjoyment of culture. We have agreed to support six one-hour Magic Lantern workshops for Year 5 pupils in the summer term at Speldhurst Primary School.

Support for Speech Bubbles

The second project we are supporting this year is Speech Bubbles (, a charity working with Trinity Theatre to support Years 1 and 2 pupils (age 5 to 7). Their very effective programmes improve speech, language and communication skills giving confidence to young children, many of whom are disadvantaged, through the magic of drama. More information abut Trinity’s work with Speech Bubbles and their other education work can be found here.