Moore Arts: Millom the youth theatre here at The Beggar’s Theatre has been enjoyed by children since 2005 from ages 4yrs to young adults. Some of our children are actually children of past members of the youth theatre with we think is amazing.

Children love to express and explore and we offer this opportunity through theatre and the arts. The confidence they gain and the friends they make never leave them, we’re not about creating actors but about building self esteem, being a safe place for them to ‘be themselves’, discover new opportunities and ideas and make friends.

The kids are often asking how they can fundraise for us, as are some adults.

Well now we are working with our friends at ‘We can fundraising ltd’ and now you can! It’s easy and you can raise anything you like by doing whatever you like, from walking 1000 steps to running a marathon, it’s up to you. All goes through our JustGiving Page.

Thanks in advance. Love Team Beggars xx


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Testimonials:

Charlie has been coming to the theatre groups from the age of 3 and a half, I believe the confident, independent, kind, and supportive ten-year-old he has grown into has a lot to do with him being able to freely express his feelings and emotions in the form of roll play and performing. Beggars allows our children to be involved in every aspect of theatre life.

So, I asked Charlie what he gets from going to beggars and he said “it is fun, it’s entertaining, it helps with his acting skill, and you get to meet your friends. He also really likes doing improvisation and when they did proper filming with cameras.

Jasmine has been coming to the theatre for several years now. On a one-to-one Jasmine can be a chatty creative child, but often in a group she can be quite an introvert and show little confidence. With coming to the theatre group, I believe this has helped her confidence grow. She has made a good group of friends who do not necessarily attend her school, which helps personal development.

During recent times when physical attendance has not been possible zoom classes were run. This was fantastic for engagement with the children especially when they were being home schooled and not able to have that interaction with their school friends. There was even a zoom production that was made which was brilliant and you could tell how much effort has been put into this and showed the hard work done by all.

The theatre is a great place where the team encourage the children to show creativity. I particularly love it when there is a showing of the work they have done. You can see the effort that has gone into it and it makes you feel proud as a parent and lucky that something as wonderful as this group is on my doorstep.

To be honest, Jasmine is not an athletic child, nor a dancer, so I am grateful that this group in Millom exists and that she can attend and enjoy because as we know there isn’t much in Millom for the kids, but we do have this club and it’s fantastic.

Hetty is 8 years old and loves going to the Beggar’s theatre group. The children can be themselves, their creative ideas are listened to, they are involved in the whole process of a production, from beginning to end. They can be creative and have fun while being part of a team.

We had 2 children attend activities at The Beggars Theatre. The Theatre had very positive impacts on both of them.

Our daughter attended dance classes and was part of many a performance in shows which improved her self-confidence along with her social skills and working with groups. Our son attends the “project shadow” group aimed at young people with various learning difficulties. Again, his self-confidence grew as well as his social skills. Jackie encouraged him to write some small stories and scripts and he achieved his bronze arts award and a love he’s still enjoys today; he continues to write scripts he hopes will become a success one day.

Joseph really enjoys coming to Moore Arts: Millom. He tells me he enjoys it when he ‘can act’ and enjoys being with his friends and making new friends. As parents we feel that it has increased his confidence and social skills, It is a vital resource for the young community.

My two girls and their cousin have all benefited from Moore Arts little beggars and youth theatre groups at the beggars theatre in Millom run by Jakki Moore.

Living in a town that does not have facilities on its door step that most other areas benefit from (like a swimming pool, cinemas, skateparks etc. ..) this is a vital resource for our children and teenagers. It is a safe environment for them to meet and make new friends and have fun. They learn so many different skills for life.

Jakki, brings such enthusiasm and creativity to every session. she is brilliant at what she does, and the children absolutely love her and all her team.

As a parent of a profoundly deaf child and another with high anxiety I cannot express enough how much this facility has given us. I’ve have seen a total transformation in their confidence! they can talk and perform in public, they can write their own scripts. they have become more independent and have made lots of new friends. Their social skills have improved and they have so much fun! They love it and have missed it so much in lockdown.

I do not know what we would do without this real outstanding asset to our town.

Mollie is 8 Years Old and Loves being a part of the beggars. As a parent I feel it builds her confidence up. She enjoys meeting New Friends and having fun. Mollie also loves Acting and can’t wait to be able to Act again as she keeps telling me, she is wanting to do this when she is older.

I have children that I foster, and The Beggar’s has been a great support to them integrating into the community at a time they were unable to attend the local schools.

Over the years they have provided theatre workshops to build confidence and self-belief and within the Youth Theatre have taken the opportunity to explore difficult issues in a safe way. The Labelled project has looked at the way they see themselves and the way they see the world, there is no doubt in my mind of the social value this gives to their lives.

For a child that does not really embrace the stage, there has been a technician course, showing aspects of being-the-scenes work, once again a great confidence builder and they have been really thrilled to work on the ‘real’ shows and see the ‘stars’ who come to The Beggar’s.

But perhaps the most telling statement I can give is that when asked to name their ‘safe places’ and ‘trusted adults’ The Beggar’s Theatre, Jakki and Cassie appear on their list, I do not think there can be a more emphatic recommendation than that.

Children who need support and inclusion feel a real part of something when they join the ‘Beggar’s Family’

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