THE Ashton Group works exclusively with children and young people, creating new work based on their experiences and also providing pathways towards training and careers in the performing arts.

A professional theatre company based in Barrow since 1997, next week AG hosts its Dance, Act, Sing summer school at The Forum in Barrow from Monday until Thursday, August 12-15, four days of fun and hard work.

AG director Rachel Ashton says for the past two years the company has been running a programme called Theatre Factory Associates: "We recall alumni of our programmes, who have gone on to train and contract them to work for the company. They may work as tutors, directors or technicians. This year we are running a summer school delivered by three of the theatre company's alumni; from Barrow, musical theatre practitioner Bea Poole and dancer and singer Emma Hamilton and from Ulverston, dancer Eva Clifton."

In addition, Rachel and the group have engaged a super cool street dancer, George Hicks, from Essex: "The whole idea is to give work opportunities to newly qualifying young artists while bringing new ideas and inspiration back into our lovely county of Cumbria," adds Rachel. "These young people are coming home to inspire their contemporaries, bringing talent, energy and commitment to our area."

Emma, Bea, Eva and George will be teaching street dance, contemporary dance and acting through song from 10am until 3pm with a sharing on day four for family and friends. No previous experience is necessary.

Emma says she's thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the young people from the area: "Working closely with some amateur dramatics in the area I know there is a lot of talent, but I am also interested in seeing some new faces and talent. The other collaborators and I wish to show the summer school participants the different careers and opportunities that can come from working in the arts as well as having some fun.

To book telephone the The Forum on 01229-820000.

Coming up at The Forum, on Thursday, August 29 (1.30pm) is an afternoon performance of We'll Meet Again. Mervyn Francis sings smooth 1940s songs and presents comedy multi-instrumental Pete Lindup. Ukelele virtuoso Anthony Mason brings memories of George Formby, and the Bluebirds UK portray the popular Andrews Sisters along with individual tributes to Gracie Fields, Anne Shelton and Dame Vera Lynn.

The show is in forces uniform with a format of music, comedy and songs of the period, which along with live music from the Show Band creates a truly memorable experience.

Unreserved cabaret seating.