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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.

 

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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




Sarah-Jane

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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Kimberley Allsopp

On tour with Rainforest Symphony

I’ve been touring with Simon, playing the role of Hourani in Rainforest Symphony. We have completed 2 weeks of this tour, visiting several different schools around Birmingham, two libraries and day of public performances in The Door at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

It is wonderful to see children’s reactions as they find their school hall has been transformed into a rainforest, their shock at the rate in which the rainforest is destroyed and their passion as they convince Adam that Acapella the frog has to stay in the rainforest.

We’ve had wonderful feedback from teachers and parents, commenting on how the visual nature of the piece makes it accessible for all. I have enjoyed the tour so far and I’m looking forward to visiting more schools next week.

It is great fun working for The Play House, they create high quality, relevant work that children enjoy and teachers and adults learn different techniques to help their children learn about the world around them.

I’m looking forward to the rest of my time at The Play House and the lessons I will learn along the way.

Kimberley Allsopp
(intern)
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The schools tour of Rainforest Symphony is now fully sold-out but there are a handful of tickets still available for the public performances on Wednesday 29th October 2014. The performances are part of the Telford Family Arts Network event “Raining Cats and ………Frogs?!” and will be held at the Southwater Library in Telford.

For more information please contact Justine Ranson:

Tel: 01952 380985
Email: justine.ranson@telford.gov.uk

 




Sarah-Jane

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

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




Gavin M

2014-15 primary tours now available!

We’ve now planned all the Foundation and Primary tours for the next academic year, including some exciting new projects and the return of some old favourites.

The booking forms for next academic year are now available to download (see the link at the bottom of this blog entry).

Some of our most popular tours are making a return, such as our early years programmes Climb Aboard and literacy piece Bag of Beans. There are also some popular programmes that will undergo redevising, these include Out of the Box, A Tale to Tell and Bag of Beans.

New for next year is Foreign Fields which has been created for the centenary of World War 1, Foreign Fields uses the experiences of real people in Birmingham to explore how the war in Europe affected the lives of people at home. We are working with the Archives and Heritage Service at the Library of Birmingham to research the stories of people and places across the city, such as school halls that were requisitioned as hospitals, local families who welcomed Belgian refugees into their homes and children whose lives changed while their fathers and brothers were away at the front.

To see the full list of programmes available and for more information on how to book please follow the link below.

Primary programmes available for 2014-2015.
Click here to book now!