theatremakers

Pupils from Peckover Primary school, accompanied by their parents, visit the Light Cinema to watch the premiere of their own film.

Theatre Makers

Theatre Makers is a six to ten week program for key stage two pupils. We work with up to sixty children (for at least two hours per week per class of thirty), to produce a piece of theatre or a short film. This is devised with the help of the children linking using themes that link into their current curriculum.

Previous project themes have included Fantastic Mr Fox, History through the ages and researching how young convicts were imprisoned in Wisbech Gaols over one hundred years ago.

Watch this space to see what we get up to next! For now take a read through some example of previous project work.

Peckover Primary School

Year three pupils selected ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ as a short film for their curriculum theme. We worked with the children to help them produce chocolate adverts based upon their own chocolate bar creations.  The children also helped create the scripts after which each advert was filmed.

Year four children attended a fascinating exhibition at Wisbech Library about child convicts imprisoned during the 1900’s. They researched each juvenile convict after which they created a very moving short film about them. This detailed their (by comparison minor) crimes and (by comparison harsh) punishments. There was an overwhelmingly harsh and unjust comparison to modern day punishment.

Year five pupils were offered a ‘Bear Grylls’ theme. As a result they were taken to Secret Garden in Wisbech St Mary where they spent an amazing day coordinated by Fenland Bushcraft. An even film was produced from these activities.

All of the films produced from the above events were shown on the big screen at the Light cinema in Wisbech. The children deservedly received a massive round of applause whilst entering via the especially prepared red carpet. There is no doubt this was both a special and memorable event for each and every one of them.

Cavalry Primary School

Most recently we had the pleasure of working with Cavalry Primary School’s year three and four pupils to produce a film around the Roald Dahl classics ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ and‘The Magic Finger’.

Throughout the six weeks both classes rehearsed their scripts and worked upon their given characters before performing in front of the camera. So much fun was had throughout the entire process as every pupil’s confidence grew within such a short space of time.

After some filming and editing by our production crew the children, and their parents, again attended a red carpet premiere of their films at The Light Cinema in Wisbech. Each pupil also received a ‘Discover’ Arts Award during the premiere. We think we can all agree that all of the above actors from all schools performed  brilliantly. We can’t praise them highly enough! 

In addition year four pupils performed some work around the history of the Celts and the Saxons. As can be seen below the children produced an informative piece of theatre that included poetry and song within which they devised the ‘Did You Know’ reporters which educated visitors. Performed for parents and other visitors at Stonea Roman Camp, everybody left this fabulous performance with both knowledge gained and a sense of pride for the effort put in by the pupils.

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