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CU!2017 Bookings OPEN

Come to Curtains Up! in 2017 and join us as we explore the freedom that Jesus offers us, and use our gifts to worship him. Choose from workshops including dance, film, drama, musical theatre, creative writing and visual arts. Climb aboard our London Underground night and get ready to celebrate Christmas in the summer. You’ll get the chance to swim, bake, jive and paint during the week, as well as the chance to be part of a community of people wanting to know God better – the best thing of all.
We’ll discover more about Jesus through reading the Bible together, and you’ll be able to explore your relationship with God, to meet with him and learn what it means to follow him and love him more. A talented team of Crew are waiting to welcome you, so what are you waiting for? It’s time to get creative!
Curtains Up! is based at Rendcomb College (GL7 7HA), which is in a quiet location on the outskirts of Cirencester. The event will make full use of this fantastic site, which includes very large grounds, an outdoor heated swimming pool, sports facilities and theatre space. Most young people sleep in single-bedded rooms.



We have got the PROVISIONAL Dates for Curtains Up! 2017 -> FREEDOM!cu17provisional

This isn’t 100% confirmed until bookings officially open – but at the moment we don’t see any reason why they will change
Sorry for the delay – and please note the change of age for Cast and the change in dates from this year (which is due to state school terms finishing much later in some areas of the UK next Summer).
Cast (12 – 17 year olds) arrive Saturday 29th July 2017 – time to be confirmed; likely to be early / mid afternoon.
[Crew (Team, aged 18+ / those just finishing Year 13) arrive Friday 28th July 2017 – time to be confirmed; likely to be approx 1pm.]
Everyone leaves Saturday 5th August – times to be confirmed but Cast leave approx 12 noon and Crew need to be able to be on site until roughly 3pm.
VENUE: Rendcomb College, Gloucestershire.
COST: To be confirmed.
THEME NIGHTS: London Underground; Christmas; Spy Training Academy.

CU!2016 – Day 7

Wow what a day!

It may have been the last full day at CU!2016 but it was awesome!

This morning we had the tech rehearsal for the performance tomorrow and then the last of our study group sessions. Judging by the lack of people in the dining hall at the start of lunch these went really well as they ran out if time!

This afternoon was our Dress Rehearsal. This also went really well. It is always amazing to see the hard work the cast and crew have put in during the week, form into the performance.

This evening was our final theme night – the masquerade ball! Set in the semi fictional Rogerson Manor on the night of Amy’s 18th birthday party. We had a great time investigating who had stolen Amy’s mask… In a shocking turn of events it turned out to be her brother Joe… It was a really fun evening again helped by a lovely meal from the awesome Rendcomb staff .

Tonight Em is currently leading the evening meeting with the help of quite a few of the cast and crew. It will be the last of our meetings based under our theme of Walk With Me.

This will be our last planned update from the site as the next 24 hours will be quite hectic! Thank you do much for your prayers and support this week.

Final Points For Prayer

Safe Travels. Safety as the cast and crew as they travel home. Especially for the crew that have to drive themselves back home.

Energy. As always we want to fully enjoy the last bit of time we have together in this special community that God creates here this summer.

Post CU! Blues. The bump back to the world outside CU! Is usually quite hard. Prayer not just for the physical bump (e.g. I have to cook and shop for food …!)  But also for the emotional bump of leaving this special community.

CU!2017 … We don’t know fully what God or even Scripture Unions plans are for CU!17 . We really hope to be back at Rendcomb next summer. Particularly because on a practical point they are building a new theatre and performing arts block .. whatever happens for CU!17 our prayer is that it is God’s plan.

Thanks again for your support this year.

CU!2016 – Day 6

Well the end of CU!16 is hurtling toward us! But we are still having lots of fun!

Today was our last “normal” day at CU! Well not that anything we do here is really “normal”!

The A Workshops in the morning were wrapping up their sessions and getting the parts ready that we will be showing during our final performance on Saturday. 

This afternoon we had another set of workshop extras – including the ever popular One Shot Music Video. Due to it being slightly wet it was our 1st one that we have shot inside … Which made for a frantic and loud hour as we put it together!

Tonight Tim and Rachel led an honest and challenging meeting that went really well.

Points for Prayer

Final Night Meeting – Day 7 is our last evening meeting. Please pray that God gives Em & her team the time and words to finish putting together the meeting that God wants presented.

Final Night Masquerade Ball – prayers for the team putting together the masquerade ball. The light night is always awesome here – but prayers that the practical details will be stress free would be great.

Preparation for returning home. By Saturday evening most of our cast and crew will be back home. Please pray that God will provide the strength as we all make that slightly bumpy journey back to the real world. Please pray that the CU! Community will be a great support for those that are going back to difficult situations. Also that the joy and creativity of the community here this week will spread back out into the parts of the world that we all inhabit.

Thanks again for your support.

Apologies for the delay in posting this !

CU!2016 – Day 5

Day 5 was a completely Super day!! Mainly bacause it was our superhero hero theme night!! (Sorry for the bad pun – we just ran out of coffee … ! )

The workshops are really coming together and everyone seems to be having lots of fun!

In the afternoon we had another set of workshop extras including the prop hunt, rounders and some more prop making for the theme night!

Then later on the Superhero theme night kicked off! .. Literally kicked off with Harley Quinn attacking Batman … Shockingly Batman was later unmasked to reveal he was in fact our very own Matt G! We had a great set of super-games and then even more action packed fun after yet another lovely meal from the awesome Rendcomb staff.

In the evening Heidi, Helen and Zoë looked at Worry. They explored this through drama, song and spoken word. We then had a creative response looking at taking our baggage to Jesus.

We are having a great time and trying not to think too much that the end is quickly approaching.

Sorry about the brief update today – the coffee has just arrived 😉

Points for Prayer

Safety – as we reach the end of the week prayer for protection for Cast and Crew to continue to have a safe and fun week.

Practical jobs – prayers that the practical jobs we need to do get done

Evening meetings – prayers for Tim, Rachel and Em as they finish off the details of the last two nights meetings. Prayers that the words and messages that God needs spoken will be presented clearly .