New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth has announced Cbeebies star Becky Kitter as their new children’s patron to reinforce their commitment to youth theatre and education in the arts.
Originally from Portsmouth, Becky studied dance and drama at Portsmouth College and continued her studies at Middlesex University.
With extensive experience in children’s theatre and television, Becky’s TV credits include Ma Ha Ha in The Ha Ha Haries for Cartoonito and Mrs Pufferbang in Grandpa in my Pocket for Cbeebies.
‘I am honoured to be a patron of New Theatre Royal,’ Becky says. ‘I grew up in Portsmouth and my first visit to New Theatre Royal at the age of seven gave me my desire to become an actress. I wanted to perform on that stage and imagined people coming to watch my show; in fact I really wanted to live inside the theatre.
‘I was inspired by New Theatre Royal to achieve my dream and now to say I am a patron of the theatre is the second best thing to having it as my house.’
Set to re-open in October 2015, part of the theatre’s vision for the future is to engage with younger audiences through a programme of workshops while also collaborating with schools and local communities to inspire creativity and a passion for the arts.
To say I am a patron of the theatre is the second best thing to having it as my houseBecky Kitter
Caroline Sharman, CEO of New Theatre Royal, says: ‘We are delighted to announce Becky as our new patron. Just as we inspired Becky all those years ago to pursue her dream in the arts, we hope to do the same for many future generations to come.’
Becky adds: ‘Theatre is most important for younger audiences because it fires imagination, it inspires creativity and it can teach you things you can’t learn in a classroom.’
Becky will be joining a host of other patrons at New Theatre Royal, including Twiggy, Sheila Hancock and Paul Jones.