"Everything was fabulous! I loved it! I wish I could film it and then watch it over and over and over and over again!"
Year 6 Student on What the Thunder Said
"It was amazing - please come back. Acting = excellent, sound = brilliant, music = funny, story = exciting."
Year 5 Student on What the Thunder Said
Theatre Centre is developing an energetic cycle of artistic participation that will help Year 5 and 6 children to challenge gender stereotypes and to recognise gender discrimination.
The project will integrate participation and performance to empower young people and deepen their engagement with culture.
This is primarily a research project and we will be working alongside a developmental psychologist and an external evaluator to assess the impact of this model and approach.
The project will take place across three stages.
Stage One: In the first stage, children will participate in creative writing/drama workshops – led by a playwright and a director – to explore and document children’s experiences of gender.
Stage Two: The creative team will draw on work created by the children as source material for a new text incorporating dynamic opportunities for children’s interaction within the performance.
Stage Three: The final production will be performed in the partner schools and the children will be able to respond directly to the ideas and emotions sparked by the story; their responses will become a live and integrated part of the performance. The aim is to create an educationally dynamic and artistically powerful environment in which children want to share their ideas and raise their voices.
This project is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.