Our theatre-in-education programme

Students from Corelli College participate in our Theatre-in-Education programme

Students from Corelli College participate in our Theatre-in-Education programme © Shermaine Slocombe

We have now successfully completed our pilot theatre-in-education project, Migration Stories, delivered in partnership with Tamasha Theatre Company. It ran between September 2015 and July 2016. This project involved Key Stage 3 and 4 groups in 5 schools in London and Derby exploring migration experiences and themes through drama.

Each school had one of Tamasha’s professional directors and playwrights assigned. On the first full day the groups did a range of migration themed activities, with input from our education manager. After Day 1 the playwrights then created an original ensemble script for each school to work with. Day 2 involved the groups taking the plays from first reading to scrip-in-hand performance by the end of the day! Many of the schools took the opportunity to showcase the hard work of the groups, directors and playwrights (not forgetting the wonderful lead teachers!) and invited audience to come and see the performance. Another bonus was the facilitated Q+A after each performance where those involved got to reflect on the whole process and outcome through the varied audience questions.

The participating schools were Corelli College in Kidbrooke, Broomfield School in Arnos Grove, Landau Forte College in Derby, Villiers High School in Southall and Robert Clack School in Dagenham.

We want to thank Tamasha, all the playwrights and directors and all the schools involved in this great pilot. It was a pleasure learning with you all.

A team of academics and theatre professionals are putting together an evaluation report based on all the feedback from evaluation forms, focus groups and meetings. If you would like to see this report to learn more, or would like to hear about our plans with Tamasha, get in touch.