Living the Dream and Exposing the Worries


If you would like to enjoy something slightly differant next week, take a look at the following information on a local performance. This is by young people, for young people.

The Voice Within will be performed by Beaumont School and Marlborough College and explores the issues of bullying and other worries, through visual art, drama and dance. This project is being delivered by Living the Dream Performing  Arts Company and managed by St Albans District Council and Big Spend.

Melissa Canappelle says, “Groups have had the opportunity to work with Trestle masks, explore physicality, movement and characters and have thoroughly enjoyed it around the themes of bullying and dance pieces have been produced with participants already growing in confidence.  Some quotes have been recorded to make a soundtrack for a mask piece.  A dance piece has been created and participants have also have had a go at choreographing their own movements around the themes of bullying and growing stronger.”

This successful venture will be performed in Harpenden Public Halls on Friday 25th February at 8pm. More information from  or email  or Tel 01727827667

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Maria Larmer lives in St Albans and is married with four children. She works as a Freelance Writer, English Language Teacher and Teaching Assistant. She has lived in Auckland, New Zealand for 9 years and prior to that in France, Germany, Austria, Edinburgh, London and Ireland. Her diary-writing has featured on 'The Wild Geese' Channel 4 and Radio Verulam. She has written for Hertfordshire Life magazine, Go Camping magazine, Camping magazine, The Catholic Times, St Albans & Harpenden Review, New Zealand Times, The New Beacon, My Weekly and various websites. She can be contacted on