Toy Theatre Festival 2011
The REP’s Learning and Participation department has once again been hard at work preparing for this year’s Toy Theatre Festival.
This year The REP has been working in conjunction with Black Country Creative Partnerships to deliver this project in 14 classes in 8 different Black Country schools – Dingle Community Primary School, Bentley Drive Primary School, Colley Lane Primary School, Castlefort JMI School, St. Mary’s CE (VC) Primary School, Hateley Heath Primary School and West Park Primary School.
Pupils from each school are invited to write short plays in classroom workshops with playwrights, and make their own toy theatres to perform them in.
The Toy Theatre Programme is led by The REP’s Playwriting Officer, Joshua Dalledonne, who in addition to coordinating the project and festival, leads five sessions with each school aimed at helping the children to develop their characters, story and rehearsing and performing their play in the last session. Working alongside Joshua are playwright Philip Monks who founded the project and The REP’s Participation Officer Tom Saunders. Students have also benefited from two sessions with local visual artists Karoline Rerrie and Sheila Farrell in helping the pupils to create the puppets, backdrops and the toy theatre in which to perform their plays.
The children, aged between 7 – 10 years old will be performing their plays at The Toy Theatre Festival held at The Arena Theatre in Wolverhampton on 19 and 20 July. On each day of the festival, one of the plays will also be rehearsed and performed to the pupils and their teachers by professional actors in a life sized toy theatre at The Arena Theatre.