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Gloucester teenagers put on their own original show…on a moving train!

18 members of Gloucester’s Strike A Light Youth Theatre worked together to create and stage a brand new performance, taking place on board a train from Gloucester to Lydney.

Over the course of 2 hours, audience members – who had booked tickets specially – were treated to a journey of the imagination: starting on the platform at Gloucester train station, throughout the duration of the Gloucester-Lydney journey, and finally along the walk from Lydney station to the scenic harbourside.

11-18 yr olds from the youth theatre groups in Matson and CityWorks had worked on devising and rehearsing the production – called ‘Us’ – for 4 months. The finished show combined comedy, physical theatre and magic and delighted the audience who had come along to watch.

‘Us’ was commissioned by Gloucestershire Community Rail Partnership (GCRP) and CrossCountry as a way to connect Gloucester’s urban youth rural places through sustainable travel. The project was designed to show young people that they can use public transport as a vehicle to gain independence and confidence, also improving their health and wellbeing.

A spokesperson for GCRP said “we put people and communities at the forefront of all our thinking; our projects are designed to put Gloucestershire and the sustainable transport agenda on the map through a participative, community-led approach. By allowing young people to explore their feelings on rail travel, we can bridge the gap between communities and transport providers.”

Charlene Olaleye, Participation Producer for Strike A Light, said “it was just a fantastic day for everyone involved. The young people got to showcase their imagination and their skills in front of a real live audience. And the audience had a brilliant time, too!”

There are lots of opportunities for anyone interested in the project to get involved in similar activities in future:

  • if you like the sound of the train journey, the service from Gloucester to Lydney runs at regular intervals every day
  • if you’re interested in seeing exciting performances in unexpected places, keep an eye on Strike A Light’s upcoming events – the next planned activity is a mini-festival for young activists in Gloucester on 30 July.
  • if you know a young person who wants to join the youth theatre, places are open now to sign up for the new term, starting in September. Free places are available to those who need them. For more information, see

Join our team Young people

Marketing and Admin Assistant: 2022 Internship

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Want to make a difference in Gloucester? And get LOADS of great experience in a friendly workplace? Join our team:
• 3 days a week
• One year contract
• National living wage (£6.83–£9.50 per hour; £614-£855 per month)

Application deadline: Wednesday 13 July 2022, 12pm (noon)

We’re looking for an intern to join our team and build a buzz in Gloucester about our events, experiences and opportunities in the city.

In practice, you’ll be doing things like:

  • making sentences or graphics to explain why an event is cool
  • contacting people and groups who’d be interested in upcoming activities
  • sending and replying to lots of messages
  • probably editing some simple spreadsheets
Ellie Maynard (previous Marketing and Admin Intern) talks about her experience of the internship. Ellie had a particular interest in dance so had the opportunity to expand her role to include experience in facilitating dance classes.

This role is a great way to develop your skills, learn more about marketing and get practical experience doing the actual work.

It’s an internship position – so you don’t need to have lots of previous experience or to have done this kind of job before. But you’ll also be an important part of a small team, so you’ll get to shape your work and influence decisions far more than in lots of ‘junior’ jobs.

Who should apply

We’re more interested in your character – how you go about things, what you’re like as a person – than any specific skill set. There are three key things we’re looking for:

  1. you want to get things done – do you find it really satisfying when you set a goal and then see it happen? Do you get frustrated if things are moving too slowly? We want people who are restless to see the impact of what they do!
  2. you’re proactive – are you happy to figure out your own way to solve a problem? If you need someone to explain every step of a process to you (‘first do this, then do that, then do this other thing’), you won’t enjoy this job.
  3. you ask lots of questions – pretty self-explanatory! We want people who are curious, creative and who wonder about different ways to get things done. We like when people ask questions.

The aim of this internship is to provide an opportunity to develop your skills and help you in your future career, whilst supporting the work of Strike A Light.

This is a part-time role: 3 days a week for one year.

Rate of pay: national living wage (£6.83–£9.50 per hour; £614-£855 per month, depending on your age)

Apply now

To apply, please send TWO things to

You can send these two things in whatever format you like: you can write your answers out, or record a video or a voice note, or draw something – whatever you find easiest.

  1. a short explanation of why you’re interested in this role. This is sometimes called a cover letter – but essentially we just want to hear a bit of your honest personality. If you want to say ‘hi there, I’m a student in Gloucester and I need to earn some money so I’m applying for every job I see’, that’s totally fine! Keep it shorter than 300 words, or under 2 minutes long.
  2. a quick outline of things you’re proud of in your life so far. That could be a list of your academic qualifications and jobs that you’ve done before. But it could also be some music you produced or the 5-a-side team you started or the way you cook for your family. You can send us your CV if you’ve already got one of those and that’s the easiest thing to do. Or you can make something from scratch – a video or voice note if you want.

When you’re ready, send them to, please!

If you would like to apply via a different format, please get in touch with Jess on

Closing date: Weds 13 July 2022, 12pm (noon)

Interviews: Tues 26 July 2022

This post is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

📸 Cover photo: Stig Godding

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Workshops, meetups & gig night for young activists

Are you a young person (15-25) in Gloucestershire?

Ever feel fed up of wanting things to be better?

You’re not alone!

We’re putting on some events in Gloucester for you – including workshops, meetups and a gig night.

Get involved in some free events where you can meet and chat with other people like you.

And then, on 30 July, come along to a day of activities and a gig night to let your hair down 🎉

Timeline and tickets

June: online workshop/hangout: ‘youth?’

Get some of those big questions off your chest in an online meetup: do young people have to drive all change? Why does the media love talking about ‘the youth of today 🙄’? How does it feel to actually be ‘a young person’ in a world full of billionaires, dictators and giant systems of power? Do you love or hate the ‘young’ label?

Chat with Robin from RYSE and other yOuNg PeOpLe from across Gloucestershire…

🗓 6 June & 22 June, 6-8pm
📌 online, via Zoom
🎟 free!

July: on-site workshop/hangout: zine making

A drop-in session with amazing zine-makers Polly Gannaway-Pitts and Freya Freeman-Taylor, where you can learn how to design and produce your own zine.

🗓 early July – date and time TBC
📌 Kings House, Gloucester
🎟 free!

30 July: gig night/party

Bands, DJs, speakers, space to chat or dance or shout… Let it out!

🗓 30 July, time TBC
📌 venue TBC
🎟 free!

Massive thanks to these brilliant people for making this event possible:

All opportunities Creative project Previous opportunities

Paid callout: 2 artists for co-creation project in Gloucester

Applications now closed – Thanks so much to everyone who applied!

The brief
• £3,000 fee per artist – with an additional £500 each for materials
• For a suggested 15 days of work spread between July 2022 and January 2023
• For 2 artists of Bengali, Indian or Pakistani heritage to work with Gloucester residents on a new co-created project
• Application deadline: Wednesday 8 June 2022

Jump to:
about the role
details and FAQs
how to apply

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for 2 brilliant artists of Bengali, Indian or Pakistani heritage to work with Gloucester residents of South Asian heritage, of all ages, reflecting on their experiences in the UK over the past 75 years.

These roles will have a lot of creative freedom, as part of a larger project called ’75 Years: Our Story’, coordinated by local Community Producer Halima Malek.

Some parts of the project are already known: Halima will be gathering stories of people’s lived experiences and working with a filmmaker to document them; Soumik Datta will be presenting a live performance in the autumn; and the ambition that there is some kind of collective experience at the project’s conclusion.

There are no predetermined outcomes to what form your final piece will take. We want you to work alongside residents, Community Producer Halima and other artists to listen and respond to the needs of the community, and to engage and inspire people through the arts.

Who should apply?

This project will be a good fit for you if you:

  • are an artist of Bengali, Indian or Pakistani heritage
  • work in artforms that are well-suited to a collaborative process, both in the creation and sharing
  • are interested in working with communities as part of your work
  • work in a self-directed way, create your own projects and have a clear creative vision and practice
  • feel that Strike A Light’s 7 principles are a good fit with your own ethos, values and way of working

Details and FAQs

How long is the contract for?

You’ll spend approximately 15 days on this project, starting in July 2022 and being engaged until January 2023.

It’s up to you exactly how this time is spent. It could be spread over 6 months or be more concentrated over particular periods or around activities you plan.

What’s the fee?

£3,000 plus £500 materials cost to be invoiced for separately.

Plus up to £400 per artist to support travel & accommodation.

What do you want me to make? 

There are no predetermined outcomes to what form the final product will take. The only expectation is to work collaboratively and include the local community into your project delivery. Depending on the nature of your artistic work, we would expect you to engage with the community and deliver workshops, performances or exhibitions. You would get to choose the exact format.

What outcomes are you hoping for? 

We would love to see:

  • you as an artist get to make something that you’re excited about and proud of!
  • residents – including those who have not engaged with the work of Strike A Light before and who are not regular arts attenders – get excited about the project
  • local communities engaged and sharing their authentic experiences

Who will I be working with

This is about working with the community of Gloucester, specifically those of South Asian heritage. We want you to meet with people from across the spectrum of ages and experiences (though you might choose to focus on one particular group or segment), hearing and reflecting their experiences, to build up a picture of life in the city over the past 75 years.

You’ll collaborate with Community Producer Halima Malek, Strike A Light producer Milan Govedarica and other artists working on the project. They’ll work alongside you, providing additional capacity, local knowledge and their own practice.

What do you mean by a Community Producer?

A Community Producer is a local resident willing to take on paid creative and organisational tasks regarding the co-creational activities. The Community Producer initiates and delivers creative projects in collaboration with the local community and with professional support from Strike A Light (Gloucester).

How do you want me to work with other artists on the project?

You’ll be one of a number of professional artists involved across the project. Whether or how you collaborate will be up to you to decide – how you feel happy working, what suits you etc – but your creative practice will run alongside the other artists’ creative practice to create something exciting with the residents in the area.

Do I need to be from Gloucester to apply?

You don’t need to be Gloucester-based to apply – but you also won’t be able to do this work fully remotely. You will need to spend a significant amount of your time on the project in Gloucester, connecting with local residents. You must be of Bengali, Indian or Pakistani heritage to apply.

If you have more questions, please contact our producer Milan Govedarica: 

How to apply

Step 1: written application

We want to get to know you! But we also want to keep the application process as quick and easy for you as possible. So please tell us: 

  • Very briefly about you, your work and the way you like to work – what’s brilliant about you?!
  • Which of Strike A Light’s 7 principles do you particularly connect with and why?
  • What interests you about the project?
  • Your proposed approach and what might you offer local residents?

And send us 3 links to your work – these could be a website, gallery or video.

Share your answers and links with us in:

  • No more than 1,000 words
  • Maximum 6 minute video or audio file

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 8 June 2022

Step 2: hour-long interview (via Zoom)

This will take the form of a 15 minute ‘artist freestyle’, followed by a more formal set of questions (which we’ll send to you in advance.)

Artist Freestyle – up to 15 mins
Share something that gives an insight into your practice and you as an artist. It can be as creative as you want – a talk, an exercise, a play, a film – just something that helps us connect with you and your practice.

We’ll pay you for your time: £50 for an hour’s interview.

This will take place in the week of 20 June 2022.

If you would like to apply via a different format, please get in touch to arrange this.


Summer 2022

Workshops, meetups & gig night for young activists

🗓 6 & 20 June 2022, 6-8pm
📌 online, via Zoom
🎟 Free!

Westgate Street creative community takeover

🗓 Throughout the summer
📌 Westgate

Youth Theatre and Youth Dance activities

🗓 All year round
📌 Various locations
🎟 £70/term – free places also available

Gloucestershire Artist Residencies 2022

University of Gloucestershire in partnership with Strike A Light are offering free studio space in their beautiful Performing Arts Centre this summer.

What’s on offer?

  • Free studio space in purpose built studios at University of Gloucestershire’s Performing Arts Centre, Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester for one week (no accommodation available)
  • Working alongside other artists, companies and students
  • Opportunity to build a relationship with Strike A Light

When does it take place?

Studio space available between: 9am & 5pm

  • 20 – 24 June
  • 27 June – 1 July
  • 18 – 22 July
  • 25 – 29 July

What are we looking for?

  • Companies/artists who make contemporary performance (dance, theatre, spoken word, puppetry etc).
  • Artists who are open to a University student spending time in the room observing your process.

You could be rehearsing a show, developing something new or just using the time and space to test ideas.

If you’ve got any questions check out the FAQS below or contact Jess on

Closing date for applications: Monday 23 May 2022

If you would like to apply via a different format please email Jess on


What are the studio spaces like?

  • Studio spaces vary but all have dance lino or wooden dance floors and white and mirrored walls and/ or black curtains.
  • All spaces are a suitable size for group rehearsals (ranging from 90m2 – 145 m2).
  • All the ground floor spaces are wheelchair accessible. The first floor spaces are also wheelchair accessible however the lift is not to be used during a fire evacuation. In the unlikely event of a fire any wheelchair users would need to evacuate using evacuation chairs.
  • The space will be exclusively yours for the week and will be available for you to use between 9am & 5pm. Equipment/set can be left in the studios over night but is at your own risk.
  • Use of technical equipment (lighting/sound etc) not included.
  • Virtual tours of the performing arts centre and dance & performance studio.

Is it easy to get there?

  • There is parking on site and good public transport links by train and bus. The campus is a 25 minute walk (1.1 miles) from Gloucester train station.

Is there accommodation?

  • There isn’t any accommodation available for these dates so you will need to be local to Gloucester or find alternative accommodation. We will hopefully be offering residency opportunities with accommodation later in the summer.


Enjoyed the Kings Square reopening? There’s more where that came from!

We had a totally brilliant day for the reopening of Kings Square yesterday – thanks so much to everyone who came along & was part of a fantastic audience! 🎉🔥

If you enjoyed it, there’s plenty more where that came from…

Youth Theatre & Dance

We’ve got loads of opportunities for young people: Youth Theatre & Youth Dance groups for ages 7-18+, with free places available for anyone who needs them. Sign ups are open now – so if you want to be in the next flashmob, you know where to go!

Upcoming events

On 31 May, our incredible Youth Theatre will be performing an original show that they’ve made themselves…on a moving train! 🚂

(Tickets for this one have already sold out…)

On 15 May, there’s the Gloucester heat of the Roundhouse poetry slam at the Guildhall – hear some incredible local performances 🔥

Right through the summer, we’re running a Creative Community Takeover for Westgate St. If you live or work in Westgate, hit us up with your ideas for what you’d love to see happen in the area!

& later in the summer, we’ve got even more amazing events & experiences coming to Gloucester – we’ll let you know more details as soon as we’re able to… 👀🤫

If you want to be the first to know about stuff like this when it’s coming up in future, give us a follow on your socials of choice, or get yourself on our mailing list 📨

See you for more awesome events in Gloucester real soon! 🔥

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‘Us’ – youth theatre show on a moving train!

The fantastic Strike A Light youth theatre have been cooking up something special…

A live performance on an actual train!

It’s an original show called ‘Us’ – all the Youth Theatre’s own ideas and work 🎉

It’s been specially commissioned by Cross Country and Gloucestershire Community Rail Partnership

You should come and see it!

The show starts at Gloucester Train Station.

Then, we’ll all take our seats on the train as it sets off for Lydney.

During the journey, you’ll get to watch an amazing, original performance from the brilliant Youth Theatre members (ages 11-16).

At the other end, there’ll be a short walk to Lydney waterfront, where the show finishes.

Then you’ll have some time to explore the beautiful scenery and grab a drink in the local cafe, before heading home whenever suits you.

Your ticket includes the train journey AND a free drink and cake from Hips Social cafe in Lydney.

The show tickets are pay-what-you-choose, so you can get all that for free if you want!

Times, locations and other important info

10:20 Meet at Gloucester Train Station, Bruton Way GL1 1DE for safety briefing and ticket collection

10:30 Performance begins

11:00 All board train from Gloucester to Lydney

11:20 Arrive at Lydney Train Station

11:40 Performance finishes at Lydney Harbour, GL15 4ER

Everyone is then welcome to explore the beautiful surroundings, with a map provided by us, and enjoy a drink and slice of cake from the local independent cafe at Lydney Harbour. This is all included in your ticket

12:55 Return train journey from Lydney to Gloucester (included in your ticket). This is the next available train back to Gloucester, although you may decide to stay longer and choose an alternative train time that suits you.

There is a 15 minute walk from Lydney Train Station to the harbour. The ground is uneven so appropriate footwear is recommended.

Please let us know about any dietary requirements so we can inform the cafe prior to your visit.

Any questions or queries, please contact

This event has limited capacity so please only attend if you have a ticket.
This event is now sold out!

This project is only possible thanks to these brilliant people:


Cupid’s Revenge

Welcome to Cupid’s Revenge!

Thanks for coming along. It’s great to have you with us 🎉

We hope you have a fantastic night. We want to put on events that people love – incredible experiences that send you home buzzing.

So your feedback is really important. Please take 2 mins to tell us if you had a good time or not!

Credits and thanks

Created by: Tom Roden & Pete Shenton
Performed by: Andy Gardiner & Ben Wright
Composer: Gareth Ellis Williams
Designer: Will Holt
Lighting Designer: Lucy Hansom
Writing Advisor: Jayne Williams
Additional Direction and Choreographic Advice: Anna Williams
Production Manager: Carly Hook
Creative & Strategic Producer: Claire Summerfield at Tandem Works
Producer: Katy Noakes at Tandem Works
Additional Music: ‘Push the Feeling’ by Night Crawlers

Special thanks to: Stuart Bowden; Curve; Lewys Holt; Hull Dance; Sarah Johnson; Steph McMann; Priya Mistry; Es Morgan; Chris Preece; Shane Shambu; Jon Beney.

Download the full info sheet


We’d love to know what you thought about the show and a little about you (to help us plan for future events).

It only takes 2 minutes and it’s SO helpful to hear your feedback. Thank you!

More events coming up in Gloucester…

If you enjoyed this evening, check out some of these other events coming up soon:

You can also sign up to our mailing list to make sure you’re the first to know what’s coming up, and can get in there quick for tickets!


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Kings Square Launch: giant dance flashmob

Kings Square is fully reopening – complete with fountains again!

To celebrate, there’s going to be a whole day of exciting, FREE events

We’re bringing our own bit of Strike A Light flavour to the party – with a giant dance flashmob 🎉

It’s going to be a collaboration between the incredible Avant Garde Dance and 100+ Gloucester residents, of all different ages and backgrounds


You can also see Avant Garde’s brand new dance x VR show – ‘Scrum’ 😮

An electrifying 35-minute hip-hop dance theatre performance for all ages. Audiences are immersed in a riotous protest; as a rabble of young digital natives confront a powerful regime. Live performance overlaps virtual reality! Bring a smartphone to access hidden content 🤫

You do not want to miss this one!

There’ll be cool stuff happening from 1pm-9pm. Come along for as much as you like. (Full timings below)

The whole day is completely free and you don’t need tickets – just turn up whenever you want!


Daytime activities

  • 1pm: ribbon cutting and fountains playing
  • 1.30pm-2.05pm: ‘Scrum’ – dance x VR performance from Avant Garde
  • 1pm-5pm: family circus skills classes by Circomedia. Plus Gloucester Swing Dance demonstrations

Evening activities

  • 6pm: DJ set and welcome from your hosts
  • 6.30pm: giant dance flashmob!
  • 7pm-7.15pm: fountain show
  • 7.30-8.05pm: ‘Scrum’ – dance x VR performance from Avant Garde
  • 8.15-8.50pm: ‘Wave At The Moon’ – circus performance from Cirque Bijou and the Bullzini High Wire Company