The National Theatre is inviting primary schools in Ipswich looking for inspiration for their end of term play to take part in its Let’s Play programme. Let’s Play provides everything that teachers need to create an outstanding piece of theatre and inspire creative learning across the curriculum.
Schools in Ipswich signing up to the programme can send up to four teachers on a theatre making course led by professional theatre artists as well as choosing from eight specially commissioned scripts, musical scores and backing tracks for original songs. There are also lots of films and teaching resources to enable teachers to use drama and creativity in their classrooms. Many of the plays on offer are perfect for celebrating the end of the autumn term, including The Snow Queen and Operation Christmas.
Children will have the opportunity to get involved with all aspects of planning and creating a theatre production – from performing to designing costumes to operating sound. Let’s Play will bring together the whole school community to create an outstanding school play to celebrate the end of term and give the audience a real theatrical treat.
The National Theatre has already recruited 100 schools across the country and is looking for 100 more schools to be part of this exiting programme.
Danae Gardner, a teacher who took part in Let’s Play last year said, “Taking part in Let’s Play has really brought the school community together and opened everyone’s eyes to why taking part in high quality drama projects like this is important, and really worthwhile. Our teacher’s confidence in their ability to stage big professional performances has gone through the roof, the children have realised their potential and are more excited than ever about drama”.
Lisa Burger, Executive Director at the National Theatre said, “The school play is a very special moment in every child’s school experience so Let’s Play has been developed to support teachers across Ipswich with the resources, skills and confidence to create an outstanding piece of theatre with their pupils. We believe that the arts play an integral part of school life and that all children, wherever they are in the UK, should have the opportunity to see, create and explore theatre as part of their core education”.
Schools are encouraged to visit nationaltheatre.org.uk/letsplay to find out more about the programme and to register to take part. Recruitment for this year’s Lets Play programme is ongoing however schools signed up by the 1st October will be able to take part in the CPD days in mid-October and produce a play at the end of the autumn term.