"Whenever I looked into the hall, the children, whether they were Nursery or Year 6, were just spellbound by your Ashputtel workshop. You engaged them so completely."
"It was so inspiring! The students totally understood why they were doing the drama activities afterwards and loved it. I'm going to use lots more drama in my lessons now I've seen how effective it is!"
Newly Qualified Primary Teacher
"It's amazing to think they could make something that looked that professional in only 5 hours. It's so different from the kind of drama they're used too. Fantastic!"
"This really helped with their extended writing. Brilliant!" Year 3 teacher
"You kept even our more challenging students completely focused and engaged."
Cracking the Egg Conundrum was commissioned by Parson Street Primary School in south Bristol in 2019. We devised a week of performance interventions to promote creative writing.
We have created bespoke drama activities to support curriculum delivery at EYFS, KS1 and KS2 in numerous primary schools across Bristol.
We have also provided Creative Professional Development for primary school teachers to support the use of drama in the delivery of other curriculum areas, as well as support strategies to help staff who direct school productions.
We have been awarded Trinity Champion Centre status in both 2021/2022 and 2022/2023 for our successful and innovative delivery of Arts Award courses.
We have twice delivered Discover Arts Award in role as the Company of International Artists, working over a whole day with one class from a primary school in Withywood.
"The juniors’ play Turn Back and Look Beneath was strikingly emotive. I can’t believe how much you achieved in only 5 weeks! It is brilliant that the students have developed the content themselves.”
"Whenever I see you rehearsing the children the atmosphere is buzzing, exciting but also really professional. You demand high standards and the children respond so well."
"To see my son concentrating like that on stage was just marvellous. This has been such a positive experience for him. He has found a way to show us what he can really do!"
We run extra-curricular devising residencies in primary schools, usually between 5-10 weeks in length and work with children from reception up to Year 6.
We start from scratch every time, and the children create a show that matters to them. At the end friends and families are invited to watch.
We have made shows about the First World War, Indian myths, Ancient Greek monsters and The Importance of Bedtime Stories with children from Reception to Year 6.
Between April and October 2020 we worked in partnership with two local primary schools Merchants' Academy and Fouracres Academy in Withywood to support over 80 children aged 8-12 who were in receipt of free school meals to enjoy being creative at home.
We designed a series of themed creative activities presented as Creative Missions. These included opportunities to make visual art, music and creative writing at home. The kit boxes provided the children with all the materials needed to complete the missions, and the missions did not require internet access.
We created short films to introduce each mission. Children without digital access at home were able to watch these films at school when collecting their kit boxes.
We have continued to use the Company of International Artists as an "alter ego" through which we can deliver creative opportunities to primary schools.
This project developed into a commercial subscription service which we launched in November 2020.
See more at www.companyofinternationalartists.com