Today the sun was shining when I went into the woods with 14 intrepid Y3, Y4, and Y5 pupils from Saint Marie’s Primary School. We worked all afternoon in the woods and had a fabulous time, work included creating these gorgeous Boggarts creeping out of stones and trees for Reception and Year One to find on Wednesday. Can’t wait to see their reactions!
Now that the clocks have gone back, we can work outside in light with all 3 groups – I love the summer term!
Nelly who is a large and careless dragon sat down on top of the little folk’s village and destroyed all their homes – so Growtheatre Junior Group rebuilt the homes of the wee people who lived there!
Rehearsals in the woods tonight with our Intermediate Youth Theatre were lush! Gorgeous weather, creative juices flowing and lots done. Photos testify to their creative work.
Brilliant session with our Senior group too but we had to beat a hasty retreat when we were attached by millions of midges! We managed to work out the majority of the plot line for our devised piece, find a location for each scene and develop to scenes. Photos do not do them justice!
After a lovely, long summer Growtheatre Youth Theatre started last Thursday in Ecclesall Woods. It was brilliant to see so many familiar faces back again all ready and raring to go and lovely to welcome many new children and young people trying us out.
It felt truly Autumnal as the Junior Group got very excited about developing scenes about wolves in the rain under the canopy of Ecclesall Woods. The Intermediate Group has lots of new members and we spent lots of time playing new and familiar games so that we could all start to get to know each other and as the light began to fade, we took torches outside to make some outdoor drama. The final session of the night was our brand new Senior Group – there was much laughter and chat as the group worked hard to get to know each other – they did loads of brilliant work all of it felt fun.
So great to start a new Youth Theatre year with such lovely, creative kids in such an amazing setting!
This summer we are taking part in the Record Breakers Reading Scheme at libraries across Sheffield. These puppets have been made by young children who attend Manor Lodge Library and the Children’s Library at the Central Library. We have been making record breaking puppets – some based on actual record breakers and some based on the record breakers children would like to meet. There is lots of fun to be had at Libraries in Sheffield this summer!
Our Intermediate Youth Theatre produced and performed a fantastic promenade show called the Golden Goose. It was LOOSELY based on the Brothers Grimm tale but had become something far more fanciful and bizarre than the original. We are so proud of them!
They have brought amazing levels of creativity, imagination and consideration to the show and it was a lovely product of their collective imaginations. All scenes, ideas, props and costumes came from the young people in our Thursday sessions.
Well done to all our lovely members in the Intermediate Group!
Feedback from audience members has included, “Just wanted to say what a fabulous day we all have had, the performance was absolutely amazing. So creative, original and brilliantly funny. All the kids thrive and it is so evident how much they adore Growtheatre. Long may it continue.”
A few photos.
Since Easter we have been out working outdoors with both our Youth Theatre groups and we have been so lucky with the weather. Everyone’s projection is building as they get to grips with outdoor theatre and they are completely getting how they can use the environment to inspire and enhance their performances. Our recently formed Junior Group are building drama and teamwork skills through the use of games and improvisation. The Intermediate Group are busy devising, rehearsing and making things for our summer show The Golden Goose how lucky we are to do all this in the glorious setting of Ecclesall Woods.
Parents and siblings of our lovely junior group members were invited to come and see what they had been up to in their first term. For much of the term we have been working on key drama and wood working skills and our theme has been pirates. Our visitors were invited outside to visit our pirate galleon. They heard how we had chopped, whittled and drilled sticks to make a range of props to use in our performance. They also met and interviewed the fiercest pirates on the seven sea, before watching then perform. And, just when they felt they might be safe they found themselves in front of the Pirate King talking for their lives! A lot of fun was had by all and a particular mention should go out to one of our guests, 11 year old Ethan, who was forced to walk the plank!
Bring on the new term – time to go deeper into the woods.
Growtheatre Intermediates have been exploring physical theatre to find imaginative stories. Here we are exploring how we can use ourselves to show large and tiny characters (like ogres, lions and mice) and magical transformations (do you remember how the Ogre in Puss In Boots transforms into a lion and then a mouse?). An interesting challenge! The photos below show youth theatre members exploring how this might be done. They then took what they discovered and learnt outside to find suitable locations to create a magical transformation scene. They produced some brilliant scenes, with a back drop of dark and light and snow!