Act II Theatre Company was formed in 2004 by Karl Gernert; the company became a partnership between Karl and Charlotte Graper in 2009. The company has extensive experience working in schools providing lunchtime and after school clubs to a wide variety of participants, in drama and music based activities. We can work with schools to assist on school productions, or create small performances in the clubs to perform to family and friends. Act II also has an excellent reputation for delivering music and drama activities to young people and adults with additional needs. Organisations we have worked with include SENSE, NCH and Willoughby School, Bourne.
In addition, Act II runs in-house classes for young people at our studio space in Spalding, for ages 4 - 21. These serve as an excellent training ground for children wishing to go on to further education and careers in the performing arts. Act II pride themselves on providing a range of different theatrical experiences for young people, from a production of the musical Bat Boy on a farm, to a promenade production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe around Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens, to a production of the Madness musical Our House in the South Holland Centre using a digitally projected set.
Further to the youth work, the partners write and produce original theatre. The company has performed at a number of professional venues and festivals. In addition Act II has been taking work to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on tour for a number of years.
All Act II's activities serve to promote social inclusion and the philosophy that every child matters. The company prides itself on taking the time to listen to what children say and finding out what they want. Because of their strong relationship with the youth in South Lincolnshire, they say with confidence that their children’s plays are what children want to see!