Who are we?
PUKKA Productions is an exciting Theatre School and Drama group based in and run for the community of Barry and the surrounding areas.
…a place well known for its drama and music-making tradition. The director, musical director and many members of the cast, production team and band were actively involved in the life of the Barry Circuit of Methodist Churches, and the name PUKKA is actually derived from the usual abbreviation used for Porthkerry Road – PKR. (Bet you didn’t know that!)
PUKKA was formed in 2005 with one goal – to put on a community production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Due to the success of it’s first show we were inspired to keep going and a year later West Side Story happened. We just couldn’t stop ourselves! So the shows came thick and fast, bigger and better: Joseph and his amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Buddy, Annie, West Side Story, Annie, Jekyll and Hyde, Sweeney Todd.
Our Theatre Schools
We are so proud of our Theatre School and we welcome all Children from age 3 to 16. We have 4 groups each tailored for a particular age group. Our aim is to encourage confidence, teamwork, creativity and friendship within a structured but fun framework of Dance, Drama and Music. All classes are run by qualified, experienced professionals and al our staff and helpers are DBS checked. Our term is usually 12 weeks and all children are encouraged to participate in end of term shows and performances in a professional Theatre setting.
Where are we?
From 1st March 2019 PUKKA will be moving from our long-time home at Crossways Methodist Church to our new home Gladstone Primary School, Gladstone Road, Barry. CF62 8NA
Theatre School runs on a Saturday Morning between 10am and 12.30pm. Please see the Theatre group pages for further information.
We also run a number of Children and Adult dance classes on Monday and Thursday evenings. Please check out the dance page for more information.PUKKA Dance
In November 2006 the company staged a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a magical take upon the story of Joseph and the coat of many colours.
This production was in aid of the Jamie Adamson Fund, and it was a real privilege to have Paul, Nicola and Sam Adamson with us during our rehearsal time. PUKKA would like to thank them for the opportunity to support other children with leukaemia. If that all sounds a bit worthy and self-righteous please be assured that we at PUKKA don’t take ourselves too seriously. We laugh. We have fun. And with the performance of “Joseph”, we wanted you to have fun and laugh with us. ‘Joseph’ is a real tune-fest, and the lyrics are some of Tim Rice’s wittiest and urbane. We had a great time!
Our spring show in 2007 was ‘BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story’, and although the company was busy rehearsing for this, and was a little short of male cast members, they were not so busy that we couldn’t spare some time for our ‘Evening of West End Entertainment’ in March!
Pukka’s other plans for 2007 included two new ventures. Pukka Plays presented “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, performed at the outdoor arena at the Amelia Trust Farm, and our Christmas show was an all new production of “A Christmas Carol” written by PUKKA.
The adult company had a quieter 2008 – possibly due to the “showbiz wedding” of Sarah and Duncan. PUKKA continued to invest in the future during 2008 with the creation of a new youth wing, the PUKKA Potential Theatre School, aimed at providing more challenging instruction and experience for the older Petites.
A number of the PUKKA company also did a spot of “moonlighting” in the summer of 2008 in the Porthkerry Road Methodist Church’s production of “Dick Whittington”. At the end of 2008 PUKKA performed “MIstletoe and Wine” at the St Francis Millennium Centre.
In 2009 PUKKA started a new section, PUKKA Plus, offering even higher quality training, and the talented children in this group performed brilliantly in Annie at the Barry Memorial Hall in July. In December 2009 PUKKA performed their Christmas Cracker show in the Glamorgan Suite of the Memorial Hall.
In March 2010 PUKKA celebrated their 5th anniversary with FIVE, a compilation from their five major shows over the past five years, performed to packed houses at the Paget Rooms, Penarth. A week later, PUKKA took over the Ship Hotel for a Mother’s Day special perfomed by the PUKKA Petites, Potential and Plus. In November PUKKA entertained at the switching on of the High Street Christmas Lights, and in December, performed “The Little Matchgirl” at the Porthceri Arts Centre.
PUKKA Wants You!
PUKKA are always on the lookout for new talent – so if you want to join our talented cast, call Sarah for a chat! If you feel that the stage is not your forte, but you have some spare time and would like be a part of PUKKA, we need people to work behind the scenes in many areas. we need people to work backstage during shows, people to supervise children during performances, people to distribute posters and fliers and people to work front of House. Whatever your time availability, we need you!
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