Grow Projects

Growtheatre Projects

We work with a wide range of partners and participants on a whole host of projects.  Current and recent projects include:

Family Sessions in the Summer Holidays

Do you and your kids love being creative and exploring outdoors? These sessions promise to be lots of fun and give your kids a chance to let their imaginations run wild in the woods!

Hosted by a range of extraordinary and enchanting characters, you will be invited to join him or her on a journey and be asked to help them out!  These sessions promise to be full of entertainment, adventure, theatre, making and building, games and Forest School skills!  They also encourage you to have fun with your children at your own pace.

Booking is essential and can be done by clicking on the green Book Here button in the top right hand corner of our website.  If you have any queries, then please get in touch with Rachel at Growtheatre on 077 45 46 53 91.

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Telling The Bees – Festival Of The Mind 2016

Telling The Bees gave us the opportunity to collaborate on a creative project about bees with archaeologist Dr Toby Pillatt.  It was a brilliant project that saw us working with with young people, academics, Sheffield Beekeepers’ Association, professional actors and students. We created a brilliant interactive Performance-Lecture in the beautiful Spiegal Tent for the Festival of the Mind.

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The Body Project

Growtheatre’s Rachel Newman is working with South Yorkshire Eating Disorders Association (Syeda) on the Body Project. It is a pilot project run in two Sheffield Secondary Schools and will be exploring how to support young women who are struggling with negative body image and promote body acceptance.


 Waking The Ghosts Of Wincobank Hill

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Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Waking The Ghosts of Wincobank Hill is part of larger project called Roots Of Iron, which is a project focuses on getting young people of Wincobank engaged in activities that explore the history, archaeology and heritage of Wincobank Hill.

Waking The Ghosts of Wincobank Hill was an outdoor promenade performance as part of Light Up The Hill 2015.  Local young people worked with Growtheatre’s director, a designer, a lighting designer and archaeology students.  They created an outdoor performance as well as designing, building and making their own props, costumes and lighting effects.

The video of Light Up the Hill 2015 filmed and edited by young people as part of the Roots of Iron project is now public, to view it please visit:  https://youtu.be/VOQ05f4YgqE

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 Stone Age School Sessions for Clifton Park Museum

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We were delighted to win the tender to design two Key Stage Two Stone Age sessions for Clifton Park Museum in Rotherham. We wanted to do something a little bit different to the museums normal schools’  sessions – so we suggested that we worked outside with a fire.  The Museum was completely up for it and so the session was designed to be led in Clifton Park next to the museum.  These photos are of our pilot session with the lovely Y5s of a local Primary School and include firelighting, bows and arrows, object handling, hunting mesolithic animals and building neolithic settlements.

“I am really pleased with the final session. It covers everything we asked for and more. The children are engaged through activities which encourage them to take part and have a go. This is the first time we have offered an outdoor session in the park. Rachel with her experience of delivering Forest School style sessions was able to show us how these sessions could work and to give us confidence to deliver ourselves. The activities within the session were well thought out and had clear links to the Stone Age. They were suitable for the ages and there was enough variety to keep the children interested. Rachel is an excellent deliverer. She really engages the children though practical activities and drama and role play.”

Lorna Pedley, Learning Officer, Heritage Services, Clifton Park Museum


Sheffield Young Carers – Creative Mazes

A summer holiday project with Sheffield Young Carers found us discovering Sheffield’s amazing Shire Brook Valley Nature Reserve – a hidden gem in Sheffield’s wonderful outdoor spaces. It was great to plan with staff from Sheffield Young Carers Project and come up with session plan for the day, which included games and using the environment to create mazes, learning to use tools and the opportunity to play creative games.

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“On the day, ten young carers attended and had a fantastic day in the woods and surroundings playing fun games in meadows, exploring woods and storytelling.  Sheffield Young Carers Project would definitely use Growtheatre again in the future to deliver activities for young carers across Sheffield. We had upmost confidence in Grow Theatre’s ability to deliver the brief on the day of the activity.”

Lou Wright, VOYCE schools training & development worker for Sheffield Young Carers


The Mystery Of The Factory In The Woods, An Audio Adventure and Guided Walk

Embark on an amazing audio adventure through time, take a guided walk to discover stories of Ecclesall Woods and learn how archaeology can teach us how to understand the past: songs, stories and incredible facts for all the family!

Audio Adventure Trailer can be downloaded here.

Available from July 2015: Download the The Mystery Of The Factory In The Woods Audio Adventure here to listen on a smart phone in Ecclesall woods or borrow an MP3 player from the J.G. Graves Woodland Centre (opening times only).

Click here for full Audio Adventure details.

The Mystery Of The Factory In The Woods is a partnership project between Growtheatre, University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology and Sheffield City Council Woodland Section and supported by the University of Sheffield’s Arts Enterprise Fund.

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Sheffield’s Back Garden – Living History in Ecclesall Woods

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Sheffield’s Back Garden is a film by Growtheatre made with the education team at the Ecclesall Woods Woodland Discovery Centre. The film tells the story of Ecclesall Woods from Neolithic times to the modern day.  Special thanks to Professor Mel Jones and all the people who took part!


 Crafting The Land, From Seed To Table

A community project that will bring together the residents of Stannington, local school children and people from across Sheffield who are passionate about growing their own food!  Working at the Freeman Bio-Dynamic Garden at High Riggs, alongside Freeman College artisans and Growtheatre to explore a broad range of creative activities linked to the heritage of the site and crafting the land. Including learning how to make a copper garden trowel, tending to, harvesting and cooking seasonal produce and a whole host of creative activities that will allow everyone involved to understand the land beneath our feet and the impact it can have on our hands and heart.  Come and join us at the Crafting The Land Public Open Day at the Freeman Bio-Dynamic Garden on 18 July to see what we have been getting up to!

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Photo by Jeremy Lampson.  Crafting The Land, From Seed To Table is part of Ruskin in Sheffield, an initiative of the Guild of St George, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Light Up The Hill

Working with film maker Ellie Ragdale, young people from Wincobank and the Roots Of Iron Project a brief history of Wincobank Hill was created as an awesome animation film.  It was projected onto Sheffield’s Bling Bus and shown on top of the hill as part of the Light Up The Hill Celebrations.  We think that the young film makers did a fantastic job – here is the film!

Light up the Hill from Ellie Ragdale on Vimeo.


Theatre In The Woods

Theatre In The Woods are holiday projects for children. Working in Ecclesall Woods, children have a brilliant adventure with us and enjoy taking part in outdoor theatre making and developing ranger skills, such as working with wood, tools and ropes, to build and make props and sets!

Music In The Woods

Music In The Woods are holiday sessions that offer families the chance to get  creative and have fun together. We created songs, stories, musical instruments and stick characters.  Parents and children, alike, had fun and loved working together.