The REP links Birmingham teachers with Cape Town
The REP has been instrumental in sending teachers from Robin Hood Primary School, Hall Green, to Cape Town as part of a new collaborative project inspired by Once On This Island, which will be staged at The REP in June.
The teachers, Ellen Johnson and Baseema Mills, were accompanied by Iain Smith, the school’s Creative Agent, on their visit to meet with several schools as well as leading arts education providers in the Cape Town area.
Once On This Island is the highly acclaimed Broadway musical adaptation of the popular fairytale The Little Mermaid and it is this story that will provide Year 3 pupils at Robin Hood School and their partner school in Kleinmond near Cape Town, with the starting point for a collaborative project that will culminate in a performance at the theatre in June.
The REP has also been instrumental in bringing together an artistic team, lead by Caroline McDowell, who live and work in both Birmingham and Cape Town. Caroline’s company, Moving Hands, has performed at The REP on several occasions in the past and she will be using projection, animation, puppetry, shadowplay and other live performance techniques to enable the pupils from South Africa to be able to ‘share the stage’ with the pupils from Robin Hood School.
The school is embarking on a three year Change School programme, funded by the government’s Creative Partnerships initiative designed to introduce pupils and teachers to more creative ways of teaching and learning.
The REP and Robin Hood Primary School intend to build a lasting and productive relationship with their South African partners that will benefit the school, the theatre and the wider community.