Art and Design staff create opportunity for students to collaborate with local children

Teaching staff from the School of Art & Design recently gave students studying on our BA (Hons) Theatre Design course the opportunity to work with primary school children to create a piece of theatre.

Teaching staff from the School of Art & Design recently gave students studying on our BA (Hons) Theatre Design course the opportunity to work with primary school children to create a piece of theatre.

As part of an outreach project carried out with our Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach team, the final year students made a series of visits to Mellers Primary School in Nottingham, where they ran workshop sessions with five, six and seven-year-olds.

The result of the workshops was The Show With No Name – a play sharing a message about how small children need to find their own place within the world, and to learn to give and accept help from others.

One of the teaching staff involved in the project was Peter Rumney, a Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts.

He said: "Students on the Theatre Design course want to explore a range of practice when they graduate, including becoming theatre designers, makers, producers, event managers, community artists and teachers, and this project was a chance for them to hone their skills in front of a real young people's audience.

"During the sessions with the children, the students used a series of activities to create the content of the play. Together, they created a performance that was themed around rites of passage and growing up."

The children who helped create The Show With No Name were invited to visit NTU to see the finished production in the Waverley Theatre on our City site. Happily, the performances were very well received by both the children and the staff from Mellers Primary School.

Art and Design staff create opportunity for students to collaborate with local children

Published on 11 May 2016
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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