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Gavin M

2016-17 Primary tours now available to book

We are pleased to announce that our Language Alive foundation and primary tours for 2016/17 are now available to book.

Some of our most popular tours are making a return, such as our early years programmes Roll Up! Roll Up! and Things That Go Bump along with Rainforest Symphony (KS1), and Hansel & Gretel and Stargazing for KS2.

New programmes for 2016/17 include The Greeks and Buried History. In The Greeks, children will explore the significance of theatre in Ancient Greece and perform alongside Niko as the chorus in the play. Buried History is being developed in partnership with Birmingham Museum, home to part of the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest cache of Anglo Saxon gold ever found.

Each programme supports specific curriculum subjects such as English, History and Science as well as a range of development areas within SMSC such as Citizenship.

All bookings include a teacher preview, to find out more about the programme, and a wide range of online resources for use in class.

Click on the image below to view the full programme brochure and to access the booking forms.

Copy of Language Alive brochure 2016-17 Front




Juliet F

Public Performances

First Stages at the REP

We regularly present versions of our touring programmes in the Door as part of the REP’s theatre for families programme, First Stages. It’s been a great opportunity for us to take our work to a wider audience outside of schools.

Next up is Hansel and Gretel on 21st May at 11.30am and 2pm.

Join Tattershawl, an eccentric traveller guide who will take you on a journey to unexpected destinations and dark secrets. This exciting reworking of the children’s classic uses our trademark participatory approach where the children will take the role of different characters from within the story, eventually helping to make a decision that pushes sibling rivalry to its limits.

Tickets for Hansel and Gretel are selling fast so get online to book here

On September 17th, Malcolm will be appearing in Uncle’s Story Shop. As part of the REP’s new autumn programme, tickets aren’t available yet, so follow us on Facebook or Twitter get get updates when they go on sale.

 




Sarah-Jane

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.

 




rory

Life as an Intern

So far this academic year has been very busy. It started with ‘The Little Match Girl, which toured through the Autumn term as well as ‘No Kidding in run up to anti-bullying week. Last term was full of energy, laughter and learning experiences.

This term, Malcolm and I have been in rehearsals for ‘Thirst For Knowledge all of January and now we’re off on the road touring to schools all across the area. ‘Thirst For Knowledge is a Science and Geography piece for years five and six around the scientific and ethical responsibilities of explorers of the 19th Century.

Creating a new programme for the company has been incredibly interesting as it’s let me see the way in which The Play House create work. We tried lots of new, fun, ideas and really wrestled with some very large philosophical questions in its creation to really make this piece feel as though we were in the South American rainforest!

We are currently receiving great feedback from both students and teachers alike about the programme and are continuing the tour of this programme until the end of March. We are also performing at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in the spring half term as well as Think Tank during science week on the week commencing 29th February.

We will be back out in schools next week and as usual there’s lots to do before we depart on our next expedition!

Rory
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To book Thirst for Knowledge for your school, please call us on: 0121 265 4425

Further information about the public performances at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and the Thinktank schools sessions during Science week can be found here.




Sarah-Jane

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

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.




Kimberley Allsopp

New adventures

So my time at The Play House is nearly at an end! I have been the intern here since August 2014 and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time.

I have been to the depths of the rainforest, back in time to meet Celts and Romans and listened to stories Under the Stars as we transformed The Door at the Birmingham REP. In all of the projects I’ve been involved in, I’ve helped to create and devise, which has helped develop my practise both as a performer and facilitator.

Malcolm, Juliet, Simon, Gavin and Sarah Jane have all been wonderful to work with, each teaching valuable lessons in both the creative and practical sides of touring theatre programmes around schools.

Although I will be moving away from Birmingham, this internship has confirmed that this is area I would like to continue working in. I have seen time and time again whilst at The Play House the positive impact that these performances have on both the children and adults alike.

I will be sad to leave, but I have had lots of fun. I look forward to putting into practise all that I have learnt in my time at The Play House.

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Sarah-Jane

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.

 




Gavin M

Drama offer for new KS1 programme

In preparation for our Autumn 2015 schools tour, we have a limited number of pilot sessions available in June of our brand new KS1 drama programme Rummage. The pilot sessions are priced at just £100.

Rummage is an exciting new programme for KS1, using creative storytelling and puppetry to explore the imaginative possibilities of the things we throw away every day. The children will also begin to unearth the story of a mysterious dump dweller and reflect on ethical issues around waste, recycling and consumerism. Rummage has been developed in partnership with Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah.

please get in touch if you would like to take advantage of this offer.

 

Rummage




Gavin M

Spring 2015 Tours

January started with a very busy and energetic rehearsal period in preparation for this term’s projects, a great way to burn off all that goose fat consumed over the holidays!

This week, Malcolm has started the tour of Bag of Beans, our Key Stage 1 programme set in the world of the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. By using their mathematical knowledge the children will be invited to investigate the world of the giant, and by undertaking challenging quests they will unlock his secrets in the hope of finding their way to his treasure.

Also this week Juliet and Kim have begun the tour of The Romans, our Key Stage 2 History programme which explores life in Britain under Roman rule at the time of Queen Boudica’s revolt.

Simon is currently on the last leg of the very popular tour of Tapestry in Secondary schools, colleges and PRUs. The programme explores the implications and consequences of extremist thinking and action. After half-term Simon will be touring, our Early Years Literacy programme, By the Riverbank, which immerses children in a rich fictional world inspired by Wind in the Willows. There will also be public performances of this programme performed at The Birmingham REP in April. More information can be found here.

There is limited availability on all tours this term but we will try to accommodate any booking requests as best we can. Our Summer term primary tours are starting to fill up fast too.

Further information about all the programmes listed above can be found through the ‘Latest Projects’ section on the home page of our website and for Summer term 2015 information please get in touch.

info@theplayhouse.org.uk
Tel: 0121 265 4425

Gav