The Phoenix Performers proudly present their first production since the pandemic. The Phoenix Rises will see musical numbers, dances and sketches. The Phoenix Performers accepts members from age 3 and upwards.

The Phoenix Rises will showcase our talented members featuring pieces devised by both our leaders and members themselves. Phoenix strive themselves on the collaboration between their leaders and members to create unique and exciting performances. Through collaboration, it is Phoenix’s mission to help empower and inspire the future performers and theatre makers.

Glenda Hailwood set Phoenix up 15 years ago in order to provide opportunities for young people in Rhyl and the surrounding areas. Since its formation Phoenix has gone from strength to strength, recently moving to a new home at Ffordd Las Community Centre in Rhyl.

Company Manager, Glenda Hailwood says, “I started the group 15 years ago now, to provide a facility for local children and young people where they could learn performing art skills in a safe and affordable place. The group is run by volunteer leaders who give their time for free whilst in full time employment. We are a family group and provide a fun and friendly place where young people can make friends, support their individuality and have fun! We welcome new members to join us”.

Photos are of Eagles group (aged 14-18) during rehearsals. Photo credit: Suzanne Hailwood.
Photos are of Eagles group (aged 14-18) during rehearsals. Photo credit: Suzanne Hailwood.
In 2019 Phoenix started to begin sessions for children aged 3 and up. Phoenix Leader, Ashley Martin said that “For many of these children, The Phoenix Rises will be their first experience performing on a stage in front of a live audience. We are so proud of the progress they have made during rehearsals. It’s empowering seeing our members grow in confidence each week. The talent we have on display is second to none”. Throughout the national lockdowns Phoenix continued to offer online sessions for their young people as well as a safe space for their members to come to and share any anxieties they were having surrounding the pandemic. In collaboration with their members, Phoenix launched their “keep talking” campaign which encouraged people to have open discussions about their feelings and promote positive mental health throughout the pandemic.

Suzanne Hailwood, The Phoenix Rises director expressed how thrilled she is to be back after covid: “We have been busily rehearsing and preparing towards our first show back! The talent this year is incredible, and we cannot wait to showcase all of our magnificent performers.

“It’s been a tough couple of years and the performing arts sector has suffered a lot, deeply affecting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people and we believe that a group such as ours can help to support and develop positive mental and physical well-being.

“Here at Phoenix Performers we provide a safe, caring, nurturing and fun environment where children and young people can express themselves freely and make new friends all whilst learning new and exciting skills in performance. We have been lucky enough to open our doors back to past members and a whole host of talented new members. The children and young people have been working so hard to build their confidence and self-esteem and we are delighted to be performing once again on the main stage”.

The Phoenix Performers are a non-for-profit organisation ran by volunteer leaders. The company’s aims are to provide safe and secure environments for young people to develop and learn new skills and knowledge. Phoenix encourage their young people to try new aspects of performing arts, offering opportunities to develop their skills in their principal disciplines: acting, singing and dancing. Unlike other companies, Phoenix also offer opportunity to develop and learn new skills within other disciplines, such as writing, directing, wardrobe, make-up, props, set, technical and media.

As this is the Phoenix Performers’ first large scale production since the pandemic they are looking to draw in a new audience and potential new members. If you have or know of a young person aged 3 or older who is eager to take their place on the stage the Phoenix Performers will be accepting new members from Saturday 14th May after this show has finished. Phoenix has an exciting programme planned with a summer display and a pantomime in the works for December.

The Phoenix Performers would like to express their heartfelt thanks to North Hoyle Wind Farm who have very kindly helped to fund this production.

You can catch The Phoenix Rises at Rhyl Town Hall on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th May 2022. Tickets are on sale now and available from