Brave Bold Drama is often found in primary schools, supporting the curriculum or enriching special school events. Where possible we try to weave performance elements in to the workshop delivery. We deliver bespoke sessions to support specific curriculum areas.
We also run Arts Award courses for younger children. We worked with Year 5 and 6 students from Fouracres Primary in Withywood in 2019 who successfully passed their Explore level Arts Award in August 2019. As part of their course, they worked with a visual artist, Laura Humpage from Colourful Minds and learned about collage techniques.
See also Cracking the Egg Condundrum project, commissioned by Parson Street Primary School. We devised a week of performance interventions to promote creative writing.
C.I.A. Company of Indoor Artists, 2020
supporting children's creativity during lockdown & beyond
Between April and October 2020 we worked in partnership with two local primary schools Merchants' Academy and Fouracres Academy in Withywood to support 64 children aged 8-12 who were in receipt of free school meals to enjoy being creative at home.
Kindly funded by Quartet Community Foundation and Arts Council England, the CIA began in April 2020 and will conclude in October 2020, but we have plans to continue the project beyond this.
We designed a range of themed creative activities presented as Creative Missions. These included opportunities to make visual art, music and creative writing at home. The kit boxes we delivered provide the children with all the materials they neede to complete the missions, and the missions did not require access to the internet.
We created short films to introduce each mission. Children without digital access at home were able to watch these films at school before starting their missions.
Agent Dali of the C.I.A. recruits new agents
introduced by Agent Dali of the C.I.A.
introduced by Agent Kahlo of the C.I.A.
introduced by Agent Kahlo of the C.I.A.
Quotations from Fouracres Academy
Agents Kahlo and Dali launched the CIA in a socially distanced assembly.
"It was exciting to watch somebody who was so confident and different to us. They were silly and creative." (Year 5 student)
"They gave us lots of ideas to take away and use. I wish I could stay next year so I could see them again."(Year 6 student)
"I'm going to look up some of the artists they spoke about so I can try to recreate their work." (Year 6 student)
We run 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.
Devising Residency Testimonials
"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!"
"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 lovely that the students have developed the content themselves. Brilliant!”
"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 that."
Headteacher of Chewton Mendip Primary School, Bristol
"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!"
"Thank you for the Mrs Pepys' Diary workshops. They absolutely loved it. It really brought the event to life for them and then helped with their extended writing. Brilliant!"
Year 3 teacher
"Thank you for the Vera Brittain workshop. It was quite uncanny when you first appeared in our classroom in the Nurse's uniform. Using photographs of the actual people you were telling us about really helped them realise this actually happened."
Year 5 teacher
"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
"You kept even our more challenging students completely focused and engaged for the entire 90 minutes! They have loved making their own Year 6 Haka and are very proud of it. They're excited about performing it at their final assembly when they say goodbye to the rest of the school!"