Performance Days: These are special days for a whole year group or whole school to participate in. Children watch a 30 – 45 minute performance by 2 – 4 actors and then receive class workshops to follow up the topics covered in the performance. They culminate with the children coming back together at the end of the day to share their own work with each other. Great for Book Weeks and other special occasions.
“Smashing play to stimulate day’s work. Children were amazed that this was improvisation around a structure – it helped them get away from concept of drama being a scripted play… This class is notoriously challenging to outside teachers. You excited them, got their co-operation and were able to deal with minor difficulties effectively.” Grove Park Primary
STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Begins with a 30 minute performance of a story from French Caribbean Island Guadeloupe of the Little Red Fish. After children have enjoyed watching the show they then get to work on different stories from other parts of the world to present back to each other at the end of the day!
THROUGH THE BOOKSHELF
Watch a series of popular tales unfold from Alice in Wonderland to The Twits and Mrs Plug the Plumber. An interactive performance by 3 actors for the whole school to watch, followed by workshops for individual classes on stories of your choice.
POETRY IN FLIGHT or COLOURS
A Performance Day in which the children watch 4 dancers tell a story through poetry, dance and music of a bird who looses its colourful feathers. After they’ve seen the performance they work with the leaders to create their own narrative poems and dance pieces which they share at the end of the day.
JAMES BOND – 8 – 11’s
James bond has sent a tape requesting Q’s help in the latest mission. Some gadgets are urgently needed. Can Q’s team of Scientists make them and get him out of trouble? Different Scientific investigation stations are created to work on the different gadgets needed. Theories tested relate to floating, sinking, raising something up through water, propulsion, light, mirrors, etc. When the gadgets have been created the children re-enact the story of how 007 used them in his mission.
ZLATA’S DIARY – 8 – 11’s
A Performance Day in which the children watch and take part in the moving story of Zlata. Based on her diary entries the children see the effects of war on one particular family and how they are driven out of their home and country. They build an empathy for the central character and have a desire to help her. After the show they can reflect on what they’ve seen through discussion, writing their own diaries, acting as reporters making journalistic accounts of events that have affected them.
MONSTERS AND MYTHS – Yr. 3 – 6
Enjoy a comic look at how some of the monsters from the Greek myths got their form and how they came to end up in labyrinths and the like. You will have to become heroes who rescue the gods from the fate of the monsters.
GULLIVER’S TRAVELS – Yr. 3 – 6
As Gulliver gets shipwrecked he finds himself in some very unusual places. See how he copes with the tiny Lilliputians and the giants of Brobdingnag. Then decide for yourself where he will find himself when the Eagle drops him from the sky. Will it be the land of talking animals? Or Chocolate Land perhaps?
THE PRINCESS WITH COMMON SENSE
What happens when a fairy grants a princess common sense and a dragon comes to town? A modern fairy tale unfolds using physical theatre techniques. We leave the story to the children to tell at the point when the princess has to use her wits to put off her arranged marriage to the evil suitor who is pursuing her. Will they send him to a volcano to make a cloak from the chameleon skins, or will he have to make a bracelet using jewels from a living jewel tree which is protected by the fiercest of creatures? Or perhaps they have a task of their own to test him to his limits!
THINK GREEN/ THE GREEN MACHINE Yr 3 – 6
Pit your wits in this quiz show and see if you can save the world. Meet the crazy host, learn a theme song and watch some clippings that tell all sorts of interesting facts. What do you know about Litter and recycling, the Ozone layer, the rainforests? Can you make an episode of the show yourselves?
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
Against the snowy backdrop of the White Witch’s court see the trial of Mr. Tamnus as he is accused if being a traitor. Watch his terrible fate as he is turned into an ice statue. Can you save him? Will you be brave enough to stand up against the White Witch?
Join a world conference to hear the views of gathered experts on the fate of our planet. What can we learn from the past? A series of major catastrophies has started to strike the earth. Was this the fate of Atlantis? If we can find the key to Atlantis and what happened there maybe our world can be saved. Join the experts as they go back in time to see if Atlantis really existed.
James is late for school because he’s been playing with some poor children he met in the street and nanny wasn’t there to stop him. Enter the classroom with him and experience the discipline of Victorian education. Do you know your tables? Can you recite all the Kings and Queens of England? Tom is off on a day trip top Brighton, what will he learn? Mary is worried she might be sold into service or end up in the workhouse.
Erik the Viking is being interviewed for a new TV series, how will he react when he meets some of the people he turned out of their houses. A Roman soldier is brought into the studio to find out more about their extending Empire, what will one of his slave workers have to say to him? Who else would call upon to complete th^s series on Invaders of the Past?
DOCTOR WHO AND THE BLACK PLAGUE DRAMA
This story follows Doctor Who in a journey to save Earth, which is infested with a horrendous disease in the year 2234. What are the connections with 1650 and 1349 though? Why does he have to travel to the past to save Earth in the future? This performance day is exciting, intriguing and packed with Science and Historical facts. Only one word can describe it: Thrilling!
SURVIVAL ON AN ISLAND Yr 4 – 8
Set in the future when the earth’s resources have been practically used up and the government are searching for a new place to inhabit. Will you be chosen to try out the new world? What will you do with it? How will you live in harmony with those around you? What rules will be put in place? Will you survive?
JUNGLE DEVELOPMENT Yr 3 – 6
A working mother takes her daughter to the Rain Forest on a working trip – she is a developer and is planning a new town – until her daughter has her say! Can you help present a case to the government to protect the rain forest and save them from destruction?
COMMUNICATION Yr 3 – 6
Can we communicate without words?
A child plays on the beach, fish dance in the sea, boats are sailed and everyone is laughing and having fun in the sunshine. Watch how the story changes when disaster strikes and an oil slick spreads its blackness ever closer. A musical tale unfolds.
Using different pieces of music for the different seasons the children listen and arrange their stories in dance to represent what happens.
Listen to the music, what does it say? How does it make you feel? Can we express our feelings through music and movement – let’s try!
PINOCCHIO Year 5 – A Look at Bullying
This Forum Theatre style presentation allows the children to give suggestions to Pinocchio as to who he should listen to – should he be influenced by his new friends cat and fox, what will happen if he follows their advice? Should he obey his father? The presentation sets a safe framework for the issue of peer pressure to be explored. Workshops and discussion follow reflecting on the comparisons with real life.
THE SIMPSONS Year 6 – A Look at Bullying
This piece looks at care and respect for other people’s property through the fictional characters of the Simpsons. The children identify with these cartoon characters and we show that their actions have consequences – sometimes serious ones. Follow up workshops look at how we treat our community, what is provided and how we value it, making every individual responsible for their actions.
KING ARTHUR’S QUEST Yr 4 – 8
The evil Morgan Le Fay has been up to her tricks again and causing King Arthur all sorts of trouble – but why? Watch the story of King Arthur unfold in poetry and action and learn why his stepsister hated him. If you are a noble squire and can help Arthur rescue his knights from the perilous Morgan le Fay you may get knighted yourselves.
THE MILLER’S TALE Yr 5 – 9
This ghost story from the seventeenth century is based on a true story. It is set in Chester le Street at an old water mill. Watch the story unfold and decide who you believe. Are there really such things as ghosts – what stories do you know, true or fictional? Can you stage one to frighten others?
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