Monday, 14 October 2019

Blackpool's Grand Theatre to develop national Creative Learning programme with Children's Theatre Partnership

One of the workshops the Grand Theatre, Blackpool is putting on for other professionals/theatres in relation to the creative learning programme with the Children's Theatre Partnership
One of the workshops the Grand Theatre, Blackpool is putting on for other professionals/theatres in relation to the creative learning programme with the Children's Theatre Partnership
For those of us that associate Blackpool with the seaside, the illuminations and bawdy post cards, it is heartening to know that Blackpool's Grand Theatre is a hive of enlightened educational activities. The theatre's Creative Learning Department led by Celine Wyatt has been developing work for schools and the community for many years, including a partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company and their Associate Schools Programme.

Now this work has been further recognised, and the Children’s Theatre Partnership (CTP) has commissioned the Grand to develop and lead a national Creative Learning programme linked to new productions of Louis Sachar’s HOLES in 2020, George Orwell’s Animal Farm (2021), and Unexpected Twist by Michael Rosen (2022), working with venues including the Marlowe Theatre (Canterbury), the Theatre Royal (Norwich), the Theatre Royal (Newcastle), and the Belgrade Theatre (Coventry).

Each venue, including Blackpool’s Grand, will be funded to develop and deliver a creative project with schools and young people linked to each show. Over the three years they will develop this locally and work will be shared nationally. All venues on the tour will receive new educational resources produced by Blackpool’s Grand theatre including group work books to support their engagement with the shows.

Support also includes training for the artists, practitioners and teachers from the theatres, the first of these courses took place last week, on the 10 and 11 October 2019. Education Resources will be available online for all theatres on the tour and the resources will include filmed interviews with HOLES director Adam Penford and puppet maker Mathew Forbes as well as members of the creative and production teams. The interviews were conducted in London by two children from St John Vianny RC Primary, Blackpool. It is believed that over 250 children will take part in the project

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