The Ridge Ranger – an exciting new online show for families and children aged 4 – 11 (A GCLP commission)

Saturday 22nd May 2021 10:00 - Monday 31st May 2021 17:00

Doors open: 10:00 am

Join the Ridge Ranger on his new television show which sets out to discover all about Greensand Country and The Greensand Ridge.  Think “Blue Peter” meets “The One Show” and you’ll know what this programme is about! The Ridge Ranger, our enthusiastic presenter, encourages our audience to take an active interest in Greensand Country and helps us learn how to preserve it.  Join us for a mix of topics, segments and interviews with volunteers and specialists – including the Head Ranger at Ampthill Great Park, a Youth Ranger from The Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs & Northants and a special volunteer. We also share a few Walking Wonders from our favourite walks.

Commissioned by Greensand Country Landscape Partnership, this piece is one of three original works created for children, young people and families by local theatre producers, A Children’s Story.

The piece is specifically designed for families and children aged 4 – 11. This is a free, online event.

For more information and details about how to book please contact Community Arts Officer, Sally Christopher at sallyc@greensandcountry.com

Cast

Aaron Spendelow – The Ridge Ranger

Produced by

Aaron Spendelow and Charlotte Read

Aaron Spendelow

Aaron is a theatre maker and performer based locally in Clophill, Bedfordshire, specialising in storytelling, acting, puppeteering and delivering work for families and children. After training at Sylvia Young Theatre School, Aaron worked as a touring performer for 15 years, with credits including ‘Cat In The Hat’ – UK Tour, Storyteller/Puppeteer with Little Angel Theatre and performer for Spread A Smile Children’s Charity. After a successful performance career, Aaron used these experiences to the develop his own unique children’s theatre practice, setting up his own company, A Children’s Story. This company aims to produce new, accessible theatre for families and to produce high quality educational work that engages children in a conversation about important issues in a positive manner. Aaron has also been awarded the prestigious DYCP from Arts Council England in developing work for young audiences and families.

Charlotte Read

Charlotte Read is a Luton based creative, specialising in puppetry, theatre, and visual art. Charlotte trained with 100% Young Producers, a scheme supported by The Culture Trust Luton for 16-25-year-olds to develop their skills in producing theatre. While in the team she wrote her first play, ‘Songs for the Strange’, and co-produced and programmed for various festivals.  Charlotte then went on to study puppetry at Little Angel Theatre in London, going on to create puppetry for ‘Riki Cycle’ as well as for private commissions. In 2019 Charlotte was involved in the ‘People Power Passion’ programme where she was the Trainee Stage Manager for Riot Act, Trainee Carpenter for The Children’s Peace Party, and the Stage Manager for The Children’s Peace Party.  Charlotte also works as a freelance artist and illustrator, regularly making commissioned artwork. She is currently working on a range of gifts with her original artwork and is developing a new children’s puppetry show.

Greensand Country Landscape Partnership Historical Volunteers: Daniel Bowles, Mariella Cook, Dorothy Jamieson, Sian Griffiths, Kelvin Horton, Molly Lambourne, Mark Lewis, David McKears, Sheila Meekums, Peter Goff and Sandra Reed.

Special Thanks to: John Balaam at The Greensand Trust, Sarah Cowling at The Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs & Northants, Joanna Hewitt, Jane and Thomas Lee, Phil Nicholson and the Head Ranger at Ampthill Great Park and John Pitts.