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CU!2024 – Basic Details

Venue: The Greenhouse At Barnes Close
Age: Age 12-17
Crew (Team) ArriveFriday 26th July 2024
Cast (Young People) ArriveSaturday 27th July 2024
Cast & Crew DepartSaturday 3rd August
* – If this is going to stop you from joining us please contact us to see if there are things we can do to help.


We still have some spaces left for Cast (young people) if you want to join us for CU!2024. Please click the button below and fill out the form and we will be in touch!

What happens at Curtains Up!

In previous years at Curtains Up! our creative workshops have included A Capella Singing, Backstage, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Film, Music, Musical Theatre and Visual Arts. We spend time altogether and in small groups exploring passages from the Bible in ways that allow us to shape sessions around the needs, interests and questions of individuals. There is also time to hang out with old and new friends and enjoy the beautiful outside space.

There is no pressure to believe in God but it helps if you’re happy to spend time with people who do. We will always do our best to find ways to help with the things we can’t change (like the physical set up of the site) in order to help those who find this a challenge. We actively welcome those who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. We are very happy to listen to ways in which we can help you feel more comfortable and welcome while you are with us. If you would like to know more about any of these things, please contact us.

Curtains Up! is run by an amazing team of volunteers who are all asked to pay the same as young people in order to keep the fees as low as we can.

The Crew – Overall Leaders

Em, Matt and Rachel are the overall leaders for Curtains Up! We are the people to talk to if you have any questions or concerns and we will do our best to help.


I love being part of creating spaces where people feel safe, welcome and able to belong exactly as they are. And seeing individuals work together to use the things they are passionate about to encourage and benefit others.

A lot of my life happens by accident and when I’m not at Curtains Up! I love live theatre, reading stories, forest school, watching Doctor Who or Hermitcraft and drinking oat milk hot chocolate – but probably not all at the same time.


I have spent over 25 years working backstage and can usually be found designing, building and fixing lighting, sound and video systems! When I’m not doing that I’m kept quite busy being a Dad and a very proud space geek!
I have been involved with Curtains Up! since the first year it ran back in 1999, I took over leadership of CU! with Em in the summer of 2003.
In 2024 I took on the role as chair of the trustees to support the continued running of the newly independent Curtains Up!


I have been working with Curtains Up! for over 12 years. Starting out as Cast and then becoming Crew. I am usually a Drama and Dance teacher but at the moment I am mainly a full-time mum to Henry (aka pooping potato).
Em would like add that Rachel was part of the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony which we are all still very excited by!
I was an overall leader with Em for Centre Stage which was a younger age range holiday from the CU! team, which ran in 2019 & 2020.
In 2024 I joined Em and Matt as part of the Curtains Up! leadership.