If you are looking to add a new session to your after school clubs, which is fun, creative and sociable; how about a movie-making course? At Sparks Olney, we create inspiring opportunities for young people aged between 9 and 14 ...
If you'd like to discover how to set up a movie-making after school club with Sparks Olney support, get in touch!
Our workshops enable young filmmakers to step into all the roles you'll find on a real film set. They take on the directing, the camera work, all the crewing, as well as shining on screen in all the starring roles too. Sessions offer students the chance to work on their own productions, exploring a new theme and different techniques each term.
"This allows them to develop their ideas and skills!"
Our action-packed workshops are delivered by an experienced team who not only explore the fundamentals of film-making, but help boost imagination, confidence and practical skills. We have all the movie-making equipment needed to carry out these sessions, all we need is a classroom and some students who are hungry to learn!
The Sparks Olney team would welcome the opportunity of bringing our movie-making course to your school and sparking your student's imaginations with our new and exciting workshops. If you're interested in finding out more, take a look at our website and contact us for further details.
"We offer free taster sessions too!"
We also hold a weekly course at The Olney Centre, Olney each Sunday 10am until 12pm. Why not come along for a free taster session to see how you like it? No experience is necessary.
Until next time ...
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David is the owner and Artistic Director of The Arches Theatre in Clifton Reynes near Milton Keynes. Productions are underneath some flood arches on the disused Midland railway line (Bedford to Northampton). It is equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. You bring your food, drink and chairs and enjoy the varied shows that are produced. This year - 2022 - there are 12 productions on throughout the season, from Shakespeare to Ripping Yarns plus a music weekend.
David has been involved in 'Light Ent' for many years, working with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson adapting the scripts of 'Steptoe and Son' and those of Tony Hancock to the stage. He has produced shows for Norman Wisdom (which makes him feel old), Al Murray, and Joe Pasquale amongst others, and also worked in the music business promoting and producing shows with Chas and Dave, Neil Inness, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk and others of that ilk.
He is also the director of a film school for young people in his home town of Olney as well as supporting many local events.
He recently negotiated permission from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to stage a short run of 'Porridge' on stage which proved a success.
This year the annual charity performance at The Arches Theatre will be the last of 'Ripping Yarns' by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, with the profits being donated to The National Brain Appeal' for research into dementia as David's father and uncle died of it, as did Michael Palin's friend and writing partner Terry Jones. Last year they raised an astonishing Ã‚Â£10,000 and are hoping to get somewhere close again with the support of audiences and sponsors.
David also has a stage hire company and his wife Julie runs a livery yard, so they are surrounded by horses, dogs, light entertainment and and a 17 year old daughter.
He plays in a comedy jazz band and collects strange props such as the Spitting Image puppets of Denis Thatcher and Alan Bennett, the child catchers bike from the stage show of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and various other 'things' all of which he sells to raise money for the Arches Theatre, although he always finds it hard to part from these props. However as the theatre receives no funding at all, he is always devising ways to keep it going! Sponsors are always welcome!
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