Handprint News: 2012 So Far…

by handprinttheatreblog

So it looks like 2012 is rolling past faster than ever, and we are working harder than ever creating and developing more and more accessible education and performance projects.

Something’s Gotta Give has been creating some beautiful images, and we are really looking forward to sharing this performance with you soon.

Education projects so far this year have included:

Sustainable Schools; Energy Saving and Litter Pirates. Yes we were incredibly busy moving our set and puppets across the school, but we had a great week in East London and met so many great pupeteers. This drama, art/craft and curriculum project was a week of recyling, and great ideas. We will put up some of the pictures from the project on this site and our facebook page so do check it out.

The Person Behind the Profile student performance was a great success! After only 6 weeks, these year 7 & 8 students were able to perform to their friends and family devised pieces in response to social media. They looked at a range of styles of theatre, integrating British Sign Language and chorus work to create an exciting visual piece. Discussing concepts such as ‘Life without narration’ and whether social media was becoming an obssession we were very impressed, and had a great time on the project. Pictures from their performance will also be going online soon.

Projects to come:

Aztecs have been filling our minds full of Montezuma and human sacrifices. We are definitely creating some interesting puppets for this piece. We shall be visiting a Primary school in North London soon with this ‘dangerous’ and creative Aztec experience.

Some of the team are lucky enough to be heading North with a Anti- Bullying project, explored through puppetry and visual theatre. This will be our first project up North so fingers crossed the snow will stop!

We are really excited to announce that we are working with Mousetrap Productions, to develop an accesible experience of The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. We have a team of 12 Deaf/Hearing facilitators currently planning this project, and are definitely enjoying their Hakuna Matata and drumming skills!

Don’t forget that Soapy Sam is on tour once again, performing for 3 weeks in The Warehouse Theatre, Croydon. We will have a combination of Easter Holiday activity days, matinees and evening performances and look forward to seeing you there! We will also have the fantastic opportunity to be working with the Signdance Collective, who will be performing and Dead Days Beyond Help, creating a programme of accessible work. Not to be missed!

Watch this space…