Entertainment for children is so visual these days – computer games with graphics out of this world, films in such incredible high definition 3D splendour that you feel like you are actually there – even television is so fast and visually exciting that it can take your breath away just watching it. This is wonderful, it’s a sign of our times. But don’t you think that sometimes it’s nice for your children just to use their imaginations sometimes? At Wireless Theatre KIDS (www.wirelesstheatrekids.co.uk) we’re all about imagination. Using modern radio drama and stories to encourage young people to open their minds and picture characters and places while listening.
We have a large selection of new, exciting and different children’s plays to be downloaded from our very simple, child friendly website. There is a great collection of free plays to get you started – and we cover educational plays, fairytales from all over the world and some weird and wacky original dramas. We think that the internet has provided a new lease of life for radio drama – instead of being something old fashioned and stuffy that young people can’t relate to, we have created the type of audio theatre that young people want to listen to, that they love to listen to. In the car, on their iPods, before bedtime and sometimes even instead of watching telly…!
We launched at the end of 2010 (we’re part of the multi-award winning Wireless Theatre Company – www.wirelesstheatrecompany.co.uk) and are rapidly growing – we will be covering text from the National Curriculum (good old Shakespeare) as well as plenty of stories, plays and comedy to listen to just for fun. And perhaps best of all – in a little over two and half weeks, on July 30th, Wireless Theatre Kids officially launches with our first ever live audience recording at the Leicester Square Theatre with Help! I’m A Prisoner In A Toothpaste Factory! Written by comedy legend John Antrobus (a frequent collaborator with Spike Milligan on The Goon Show), it promises to be something a little bit special and a little bit different… quite possibly unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
Wait…what was that? Yes, that’s right, I said seen. Isn’t it an audio recording? Yes, yes it is… How can that be? Ah, see, this production from the multi-award-winning Wireless Theatre Company, where all things are possible. For the last four years, not only has Wireless Theatre attracted some of the most exciting new and established talent in the UK to our London studios, it has also developed its own special style of theatrical audience recordings.
Normally, you’d go to a recording, take a seat and watch the performers read from their scripts and talk into a microphone. You’ll be encouraged to laugh and applaud and then you’ll leave. However, not with a Wireless show. Oh no! We use our recordings with every possible means to tell the story you’ll later hear on your iPod. There will be costumes, lighting, special stage effects, alongside the actors and the live sound effects team. The results are spectacular, and the recordings always play out to packed audiences and rave reviews. So that’s when we got thinking; we’ve done it for the grown-ups, now it’s time we did it for the kids. And you won’t believe what we’ve put together…
We have an amazing bonkers script telling the story of Ronnie and his bid to free the mysterious Prisoner in the Toothpaste Factory. We’ve got some of the best up-coming talent in the UK in the cast. We have an amazing West End venue with some of the best backstage West End talent to hand. And we have Wireless Theatre, bringing our distinctive, engaging and unique theatrical approach to London, for the kids, to an audio recording unlike anything you’ll have ever experienced before, for one day only.
When Ronnie steps out on his thrilling, once-in-a-life-time adventure, he can’t do it alone. He needs help in the face of sinister Chemists, hypnotic toothpastes and weird aliens. He needs you. See you there!
For more radio plays and stories recorded especially for children, visit www.wirelesstheatrekids.co.uk and encourage them to listen to theatre, as well as music, on those iPods they’re so attached to!