Poles Apart: An Adult Theatre Like No Other

Julie has been a member of Chickenshed's Adult Theatre at Kensington & Chelsea for over 6 years and is currently performing in Kensington and Chelsea's current Adult Theatre show Poles Apart. Have a little read of Julie's experience of Chickenshed's Adult Theatre. 


I have been a member of Chickenshed’s Adult Theatre at Kensington & Chelsea for over 6 years.

Each New Year brings an assortment of new members, as well as old timers like me. Some travel quite a way to attend the sessions; we’ve even had a member from as far as Basingstoke. Why would anyone travel such a distance to be a part of a theatre group when there are so many dotted around? The answer is quite easy. There isn’t another Adult Theatre company quite like Chickenshed’s.

Some of the company have a background in Theatre; some don’t, but by the end of the creative process one thing is certain, we as an ensemble company deliver a production that is developed from every single person’s thoughts, feelings and experiences.

There isn’t another Adult Theatre company quite like Chickenshed’s.

Over the years we have created shows that have been developed by our members using existing text such as 1984 or The Tempest. Through each member’s own interpretation we have used the core story whilst developing new characters and scenes from improvisations, writing, song & movement to create a new adaptation of a classic piece.

This year we are performing a devised piece which we have been working on since January. What Chickenshed do so well is immediately place the development and ownership of the piece into the hands of its cast. The theme we have decided on is extreme differences hence the name of the show Poles Apart. Each member has been encouraged to write a short monologue about their own personal differences. For example one might start with I’m a very confident person…. But inside I’m painfully shy’…  For those members who have found this exercise difficult, there has been the opportunity to express themselves through movement, or with music to provide lyrics to the soundtrack that runs throughout the show. Other scenes have come to life through group conversation and debate, some are funny, some more thought provoking.

It has changed my life and given me something that I never even knew was missing.

The result has turned into a fantastically original piece of theatre that will make you feel lots of different emotions but ultimately leave you smiling.

The cast is as diverse as its work. We have members from all different backgrounds and walks of life, and working in such an inclusive style allows friendships to blossom, that outside of Chickenshed may never happen. For me personally, Adult Theatre has given me the true meaning of working as a team, guiding and supporting individuals and allowing myself to be supported in return. It has changed my life and given me something that I never even knew was missing.

Written by Julie Wood

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