Support for Pickering Cancer Trust

The Assembly Hall Theatre is running a project in October 2019 with Pickering Cancer Trust which we are delighted to support. Local artist, Matt Syms, and Bethan Minter, Creative Learning Manager at the Theatre,  are running an illustration workshop with the Pickering Family Support Group which supports local families whose lives have been affected by cancer.

Matt will teach 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 will be asked to illustrate their favourite part of the Peter Pan story. The artwork created will be printed onto display boards and exhibited in the stairwells of the Theatre over its Pantomime season (which this year is Peter Pan).

Our sponsorship will enable 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. More information about the workshops and how they are received by the pupils will be shown here later this year.

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.