Happy Birthday RicNic!
Somewhat scarily for those people who set it up, RicNic is already celebrating its tenth birthday! It’s amazing to think that when RicNic was set up, today’s producers were eight years old… and that, since then, the charity has worked with hundreds of young people and provided thousands of audience members a night they don’t forget in a hurry!
To celebrate this milestone in RicNic’s journey, 2014 will see a ‘RicNic Birthday Party’ for participants past and present, and for other supporters. Watch this space for details of what promises to be a fantastic evening…
RicNic does Bristol
2013 found two of RicNic’s talented alumni – Amy Hilling and Jamie Caldwell – as undergraduates at Bristol University and, with typical RicNiccer ingenuity, they decided to capitalise on local talent and connections to produce a musical in the city. The ensuing production of ‘Oklahoma!’ was a triumph and introduced dozens more young people to RicNic’s unique ethos.
Watch this space for details of RicNic's upcoming 10th Anniversary celebrations!
Oklahoma! was a fitting way to bring RicNic to Bristol, wowing audiences and, most importantly, proving a fantastic experience for dozens more young people!
Many thanks to all who came and saw the show.
Thanks to all who came to our cabaret evening at the Garrick club! For a brief highlight, check out Ashley Riches - RicNic's co-founder - singing "Stars" from Les Miserables: http://vimeo.com/50488814
RicNic at the Garrick
The Garrick Club in London, long the home-from-home of the country’s finest actors and artists, has generously supported RicNic in a number of ways over recent years. As a thank you to members and staff, RicNic produced a private cabaret evening in 2012 in the Club’s beautiful music room. Attended by over a hundred guests, the performance included songs from each of RicNic’s past productions, with a cast of alumni from all generations. Afterwards Graham Hill – RicNic Hampshire patron and Garrick member – hosted a dinner for supporters and performers.
As a small charity, RicNic is acutely aware of how important working in partnership with other organisations can be. In 2011, funds from The RicNic Trust were used to offer small levels of financial support to organisations with similar aims and ethos to our own. Amongst a number of recipients were:
- Haringey Shed, a theatre project working with young people with special educational needs, to help with costs of a summer SEN worker;
- The Outcry Ensemble, an innovative new youth-led orchestra. RicNic’s funds were used to support Outcry’s set-up costs and the first concert of its Notting Hill residency.
- Teapot Theatre Company, to support its exciting youth=focussed projects;
- Teatro di Nascosto, an unusual and highly effective theatre reportage project working with young people from some of the world’s most troubled areas, and using drama to help them tell their stories;
- Student Theatre at Glasgow, to support the development of a new writing programme; and
- Blue Dragonfly Productions, in support of an Edinburgh Fringe show.
Applications, which came from a wide range of sources and organisations, were reviewed by an expert panel including:
- Ben Nicholls, Founder & Chair, RicNic (panel chair);
- Ashley Riches, Co-Founder, RicNic;
- Ed Goble, trustee, RicNic;
- Nick Morris, trustee, RicNic;
- Dr Jane Manning OBE, singer & academic, and RicNic Council member; and
- Katy Ambrose, Head of Music in a large maintained secondary school in London.