Archive for July, 2012


Gavin M
July 5th, 2012

Programmes now available for 2012-13

This is the 25th year of Language Alive! tours and the first in our new partnership with The Birmingham Repertory theatre.

The booking forms for next academic year are now available to download (see the links at the bottom of this blog entry). Apologies for the delay – only during the week we were finalising the schedule, my wife went into labour!

We’ve attracted funding from The Arts Council for two exciting new tours; Nori! and All Aboard! (click to find out more information). Nori! will see a collaboration with the Birmingham based Hanyong Theatre Company and Buksetung Theatre Company from Seoul, South Korea. They will come together to share expertise to create a new piece of multilingual participatory theatre for the early years.

All Aboard! has grown out of the story of the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway, one of the oldest in the world, connecting industrial Birmingham to the spa town of Cheltenham. The programme uses the lives of the individual characters to explore the dynamism of this inventive era. All Aboard! is available for Years 5 & 6 and will also see a collaboration, this time with the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham.

Also new for next year will be Key Stage 1 programme By the River Bank, a charming new programme which explores the world created in Wind in the Willows, the enduringly popular children’s tale of Mole, Rattie, Toad and Badger by Kenneth Grahame and builds on the company’s extensive experience of creating storytelling programmes inspired by classic stories such as Into the Garden. The piece will also link into The Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Christmas show.

Some of our most popular tours are also making a return, such as our Key Stage 1 health education programme Fit for a King, and our Early Years creative play piece Things That Go Bump…

We are also pleased to announce the return of two of our older projects; Hansel & Gretel, an exciting literacy programme devised for pupils in years 3 and 4 which encourages a fresh look at a well established story and Ganging Up, an ambitious participatory performance that explores the complex and sensitive issue of gangs and gang membership with young people between the ages of 9 and 11. This programme has been funded by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

You can find out more about all these programme by clicking the links above, or by downloading the brochure from the Language Alive! page, where you can also find the booking forms. Please get in touch if you’d like any more information.