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Sarah-Jane
December 11th, 2016

Bringing Anglo Saxon history to life

We’ve started work on our exciting new KS2 programme, Buried History.

The team have had a great time immersing themselves in the Anglo Saxon world. They’ve dug up some fascinating theories and unearthed some juicy mysteries which they will be exploring in schools. They’ve been to visit the spectacular Staffordshire Hoard at the Birmingham Museum, where children can dress as Anglo Saxons, listen to Old English in a Mead Hall and look through magnifying glasses at the extraordinary treasures. They’ve talked to inspiring historians to find out the human stories behind the mystery.

We’ve also been working with our partners C&T, who are creating an amazing digital learning resource, so that you can extend the life of the drama by interacting in the classroom with the characters that you’ve met live in the drama. As well as bringing Anglo Saxon history to life, Buried History will initiate debate about cultural and develop children’s skills as historians.

If you haven’t booked a session yet, there are limited spaces in our schedule. To find out more, please contact Gavin Medza at The Play House on: 0121 265 4425 or by email:  info@theplayhouse.org.uk

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Sarah-Jane
April 13th, 2016

Happy birthday to us

The Play House is 30 years old this year we’d like you to join in the birthday celebrations.

There will be lots of different things happening over the next months to mark this auspicious occasion. The first is that you’ll start notice a few changes around the place over the next few weeks as we unveil our logo and a fresh new look to the website – we hope you like it.

We couldn’t have achieved what we have over the years without the hard work and inspirational contributions of many, many people. So, to say thank you, we’ll be having a birthday party in June which we’ll be sending out invitations for shortly.

We’re putting together a gallery of images from over the years for the website, so if you have any you’d like to share, please email them in. Please remember that if there are children in the images, you need permission from parents/guardians before we can include them.

The Play House is nothing without the children we work with so we’re asking schools to make birthday cards letting us know what they value about our work. We’ll be putting a selection on the website.

There will be more announcements over the next few weeks so watch this space or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date.

 

Sarah-Jane
January 11th, 2016

Happy New Year

We’ve a busy start to the new year and the new term with four tours in rehearsal.

Malcolm and Rory are working with Director Geoff Readman to devise our new programme for KS2, Thirst for Knowledge. Inspired by the journeys of Prussian explorer and scientist Baron Alexander von Humboldt, it will explore a range of science, geography and environmental themes through thrilling tales of discovery. Juliet is working on Fit For A King for KS1 and Simon is busy with our ever popular version of Little Red Hen, using the familiar story to explore numeracy and bake a loaf of lovely fresh bread.

We also have a new team working on Tapestry, a programme for 13 – 18 year olds that addresses violent extremism. We have some availability left for March for this – please contact the office if you’re interested in booking.

Further information about all the above tours can be found in the Current Projects section on the homepage.

In other news…

It’s our 30th anniversary this year and we are planning a celebration. Keep an eye on our blog for further details.

 

Sarah-Jane
September 4th, 2015

Autumn tours

It’s the start of the new school year and we’re all really busy at The Play House getting ready for this term’s tours.

Juliet is working on a new programme, Rummage that was developed in partnership with our friends at Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah in Leeds that looks at themes of recycling and the environment. Simon is working on Spinning a Yarn, a retelling of the story of The Emperor’s New Clothes that incorporates an exciting practical weaving activity. Malcolm is busy with The Little Match Girl, where Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale is relocated to Victorian Birmingham to look at the plight of child workers.

There’s still time to book – check out the new programme here or call the office on: 0121 265 4425 to discuss available dates.

As well as a new programme, we have two new interns working with us, Julie Marley and Rory McGhie who have just graduated from Birmingham School of Acting’s Applied Theatre course. They’re really looking forward to getting out into schools and we wish them both all the best.

Sarah-Jane
June 4th, 2015

Language Alive 2015/16

Our Language Alive touring programme for 2015/16 is now available to book. This year, we have two new programmes. Rummage for KS1 on the theme of the environment and recycling has been developed in partnership with our friends in Leeds, Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah. Another new programme for KS2 is Thirst for Knowledge, an exciting new partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust that looks at science and geography through thrilling tales of journeys of exploration. We’re working with the Museums Trust so that it links with their collections and to develop a package that will include a performance at Thinktank and other activities to link with Science Week 2016. We also have old favourites like Little Red Hen and new takes on familiar stories such as The Little Match Girl.

More information and booking forms for all the programmes is available here.

If you want to have a proper read over a cup of tea, you can download our lovely new brochure here

If you have any questions about any of our programmes or would like to discuss other work such as INSET, feel free to ring the office on 0121 265 4425.

 

Sarah-Jane
November 4th, 2014

Under the Stars – Public Performances

Following the success of our regular appearances in The Door as part of The REP’s First Stages programme of theatre for children, we’re presenting something a bit special in the run up to Christmas.

Under the Stars is a magical adventure into the world of the Arabian Nights for children aged 5 – 8, taking place over two weeks from 9th to 20th December. The space will be transformed into a beautiful tent under a starlit sky where you can join Queen Scheherazade as she spins stories and tells tales to entertain the king, such as Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.

Family and group discounts are available, making Under the Stars the perfect pre-Christmas treat for school groups or a family outing.

More information and online booking here: Under the Stars

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Sarah-Jane
September 19th, 2014

First Stages at The REP

We’re really pleased to be presenting our work again as part of the Birmingham REP’s First Stages theatre for children programme in The Door.

We’re best known for our Language Alive touring theatre in education work in primary schools, working with children all over Birmingham and the West Midlands in over 500 performances each year. We recently began presenting versions of some of our shows in theatres and other venues. It’s been a great opportunity to take our work to new audiences and different settings – last year we even performed on railway platforms.

On Saturday 18th October, we’re presenting Rainforest Symphony, a musical adventure down the Amazon to find the home of Acapella the frog who has accidentally arrived in Birmingham in a delivery of fruit. For the run up to Christmas, we’re presenting Under the Stars, an enchanting journey into the world of The Arabian Nights, including familiar tales such as Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and a chance to discover new ones. Under the Stars runs from 09th – 20th December and there are discounts for groups.

You can book both shows through The REP website: http://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/

We look forward to seeing you there.

Sarah-Jane
September 9th, 2014

Autumn 2014

The new school year is well under way and we are all busy preparing the programme for this term.

Malcolm is in rehearsal with Director Pete Wynne-Wilson and actor Julie Baker devising our new programme that marks the centenary of the start of WW1, Foreign Fields. Juliet is working with Arabic speaking actor Nadia Kemp-Sayfi on A Tale to Tell, a version of the Arabian Nights that uses shadow play. Simon is working with our intern Kim on Rainforest Symphony, which they will also be performing in The Door at the Birmingham REP on Saturday 18th September.

There is some very limited availability on Foreign Fields and A Tale to Tell but both are booking up fast so please get in touch if you’d like to book these in school. We’re also working on some exciting plans for December – more news to follow soon.

Sarah-Jane

Sarah-Jane
January 22nd, 2014

Spring Programme 2014

The new term has started and our programmes are beginning to out into schools. Malcolm is already touring with Little Red Hen, our ever popular KS1 programme that takes a fun look at numeracy ending with a loaf of lovely fresh bread. Juliet is rehearsing The Last Train with Lily that tells the story of the Kindertransport in WW2 and which goes out into schools in a couple of weeks. Simon will also be out in schools soon with Into the Garden, a retelling of Oscar Wilde’s story using shadow puppetry.

If you haven’t seen our work before, we’re holding a free showcase on 6th February – get in touch with the office if you’d be interested in coming long.

Sarah-Jane
September 5th, 2013

Autumn Programme

We’re back in the office after a break over the summer and it’s all change. We moved into our new home at the REP shortly before the end of last term and have been made very welcome. There’s lots happening all over the building this week as the theatre reopens along with the new Library of Birmingham. The new building looks amazing and the new Studio theatre shared by the REP and the library looks set to be a great new performance space, so come along and have a look if you haven’t already.

Rehearsals have begun for our autumn programme. Juliet is working on a new version of The Little Match Girl, and we are delighted to be working with REP Assistant Director John Haidar and freelancer Julie Baker on the project. John Crane will be creating puppets and props for the piece and Gerry Smith will be working on a storytelling song. Our new intern, Lily Page will be working with Simon on our popular programme on bullying, No Kidding and Malcolm is working on Stargazing about the pioneering astronomer Galileo.

As part of our partnership with the REP, we’re going to be regularly presenting Language Alive! performances in the Door as part of the First Stages programme, starting on Saturday 7 September with Hansel and Gretel. For more details and to book tickets, click here