(BSL) British Sign Language drama workshops
I have qualifications in BSL and am aware of the success of the children’s BBC programme “Mr. Tumble” (with him using Makaton) in promoting and bringing awareness to the need for all to communicate with people who use BSL. The initiative which is gathering momentum is best achieved through drama workshops that would help children of a primary age to learn some of the language. We will achieve this through play and repetition of the phrases. BSL is a very expressive language so is very suited to performance.
We are also pleased to be able to offer a signed nursery rhyme tour.
Our story telling workshops focus on the use of interactive stories through the use of hand puppets, encouraging the children to answer questions and to talk to the puppet while an engaging story is told. We will have different stories for different age groups with them revolving around famous traditional fairy tales with our very own personal and unique spin on them.
Puppet storytelling tour
We are offering your pupils the chance to create their very own puppet show. They will build their own puppet and devise their unique scripts, in order to create their very own production that they will be able to show their classmates using a real puppet theatre.
We have various workshops revolving around circus skills. These mainly focus on juggling and spinning plates. Our performers will first teach the children the basic principles of these skills, using juggling scarves before moving onto two juggling balls and then finally teaching them how to juggle with three balls. Once they have mastered that, we can then teach various trick techniques utilizing three balls. With the spinning plates, we will teach them the correct form of how to use the spinning plates and to make sure they can keep them going before we show them how to do different tricks. Throughout these workshops, if they are part of a School Tour, we can offer to round these workshops off with a small performance for the school.
A performance filled with fun and facts about life, class and religion in Egyptian times.
The Tobacco Trade
Following the story of the Allason brothers who were based in Greenbank Gardens, we had actors performing as the two brothers themselves, Robert Allason and William Allason. They both spoke to the children, telling them each their side of the story as well as taking any questions the children had in mind. In addition, a workshop based around the tobacco trade was led, giving the children an example of the prejudice that the African slavers went through as well as the living conditions that they endured, putting the children in the shoes of the African people.
Using the poems of the Bard himself, we had an actor performing as Robert Burns, saying his poems to the children while a workshop leader translated the auld scots language into modern day speech. Educating the children about Scotland in Robert Burns’ time as well as teaching the difference in the dialect and language used then compared to how our language is now.
Young Carers in Scotland
We based an interactive performance based around young people in Scotland that are caring for family members with various issues.
A youth based tour warning about the dangers of drinking excessively.
Full school shows
Jukebox Journey was our very own Jukebox musical as children travelled through time, discovering the different musical styles and horrendous fashion styles of each era. Acting, singing and dancing all the way through time as they did so.
The children performed a musical based around a theatre that was closing down after sixty long years. It was a trip down memory lane as the children sung and danced to their fondest memories of the fictitious ‘Butterfly’ theatre.
We put together a performance based on Malcolm Sircom’s ‘Olivia the Musical’. A children’s musical set after the adventures of Oliver Twist, which follows the young girl Olivia as she leaves the Orphanage to meet new friends and find her long lost mother. Our adaption of this play was very successful with children, teachers and parents alike.
If you are interested in any of our classes or have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us
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