What is theatre?
This REAL Project, at Surrey Square Primary School, started with the question ‘What is theatre?’ The answer blew our socks off.
On the 21st January 2015 the stars of tinsel town, Broadway and the West End ate their hearts out when Year 1 put the spotlights well and truly on Surrey Square. A result of Project Based Learning, Year 1 dedicated weeks to understanding theatre, creating a production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Cows mooed, beanstalks grew right before our eyes and giants fi-fo-fummed their way across sets brimming with life and detail: with houses, castles, massive tins of ‘Beenz’ and golden eggs.
Not only did the children of Year 1 star in the show, they prepared play scripts, designed sets and props, worked as ushers, sold popcorn and there was even a technical crew. The choir and musicians had the audience standing and demanding an encore performance, while stage hands changed scenes with organised stealthy precision.
‘Everyone gave 100% It was shockingly brilliant’.
The exposure to the world of theatre has opened many young eyes to the world of work with children already making plans to be actors and set designers. Year 1 have achieved something memorable and amazing and it showed everyone the potentially rich rewards of Project Based Learning.