Getting young children interested in the arts can be a difficult process, especially when they live in deprived areas. MakeBelieve Arts bring great quality theatre to primary school children, in a bid to inspire a love of the arts.
First Theatre was a project designed to reach primary school children who may never have seen a live performance before. National Lottery funding meant that MakeBelieve Arts was able to develop two original and highly interactive shows - ‘The Woman who Cooked Everything’ and ‘Gulliver’s Travels’.
Thanks to the grant, the group has been able to employ professional actors and a stage manager as well as a theatre sound system. Not only do the children get to experience a professional live theatre performance, but they can also get involved with the actors and the story. The project then organises a follow-up workshop for all the students a week after the show. “I feel that involving children in a story is really important for their development,” says the company's artistic director, “It sets us apart from many of the theatre shows that tour in schools”.
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