More news from Theatre Orchard

For the second year running The Theatre Orchard has been asked to run a summer school in Weston super Mare. In a partnership with XTND we will be working at Hans Price Academy, where a major school rebuild  provides the perfect setting for 50 transition students to explore notions of environmental change – both good and bad – using Dr. Seuss’s story, The Lorax, as a jumping off point.

Working with a fantastic team of professional practitioners there will be plenty of scope for new creative ideas to be tackled in a fun and exciting way. Craig Edwards (Living Spit/Shoofly), Susan Pearce (Bristol University),Sarah Moody (Devil’s Violin), Laura Street (Travelling Light, Oiley Cart) ; Jaime Pardo (University of Salford, Media City UK) are facilitating sessions and will bring an absolute wealth of experience and creativity to the process.

The invited group of children will play with music, dance, drama, design and stop motion animation to tell their own environmental stories. After two weeks working with the arts team from The Theatre Orchard they will have made some solid friendships that will set them up for September and learnt seriously fun skills that they will not only share with family and friends on the final day, but also take with them into year 7.

News from our Partnership with Theatre Orchard

A new partnership with Bristol Festival of Puppetry and XTND promises to skill up local XTND playworker Jo Greenberry with the expertise to run puppetry sessions during summer 2013 play schemes in Weston super Mare.

With a grant awarded by 5-25, Jo will run puppetry sessions at Boomfest in June then go on to work on processional puppetry making with Tony Gee at Seale Hayne in Newton Abbot  alongside many other Bristol based playworkers. Jo will then take those skills back to Weston where the children with whom Jo works will develop their own puppetry ideas for the opening Carnival parade.

This invaluable opportunity to meet play-workers from other schemes and, with Tony, develop themes and ideas for the Bristol Festival of Puppetry Carnival means that North Somerset will get a much needed injection of creative input, take North Somerset artistry up to Bristol and build a link with a major international South West arts festival.