HERITAGE & LEARNING
I've worked as a freelance gallery and museum educator, and have been engaged by schools and colleges teams at museums and galleries to develop and deliver drama-based learning sessions, in many cases that can be delivered on the galleries. I've developed and delivered sessions for Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and The Whitworth amongst others. Some examples of these sessions include:
Settings for Stories, Moving to Victorian Manchester, Changing Power in Tudor Times,Character Building (Manchester Art Gallery)
Unearthed: Ancient Egypt, Egyptian Worlds, Habitats and You, Patterns in Nature (Manchester Museum)
I've developed a number of informal learning sessions for galleries and museums also, including:
I am an associate artist with Peoplescape Theatre, and have worked with them on a number of projects, including:
WELCOME TO COTTONOPOLIS
Funded by Arts Council England, the project was devised specifically for young people with special educational needs, and used puppetry, live music and multi-sensory props to tell a story set on the streets of Victorian Manchester.
THREE LITTLE PIGS
Funded by Arts Council England, a reimagining of the traditional tale for KS1, EYFS and SEND settings about friendship, teamwork and believing in yourself.
THE SILENT SONGBIRD
Funded by Arts Council England, and working in collaboration with Chester Zoo, this performance for KS1, EYFS and SEND settings explored the issues surrounding the critical endangerment of south-east asian songbirds.
THE SAILOR AND THE MUDLARK (THAMES PROJECT)
As part of a major project with LDBS Academies Trust, Peoplescape were commissioned to create a multi-sensory participatory performance to tour 14 academies in London and launch The Thames Project. The Sailor and the Mudlark was devised and performed by Alison Hale, Emily Capstick, Catherine Evans and myself.
THE GINGERBREAD PEOPLE
Funded by Arts Council England and as part of the Manchester Children’s Book Festival, this performance for KS1, EYFS and SEND settings toured to primary and specialist support schools in Greater Manchester.
TALES FROM FAR, FAR, AWAY
As part of Manchester Art Gallery's Pre-Raphaelite Experiment I created an interactive storytelling session for families, based around James Collinson's 'Answering the Emigrant's Letter'.
Also as part of Manchester Art Gallery's Pre-Raphaelite Experiment delivered a series of 'Artists in Schools' days, exploring the themes of 'Answering the Emigrant's Letter' and creating 'story boxes' usuing pupils own response to the painting.
MARY GREG's CABINET OF CURIOSITY
For Manchester Art Gallery's Community Development team, I worked on a series of reminisence workshops for older adults (many of whom had dementia) which explored their memories, as part of the Valuing Older People programme.
In 2015, Emily Capstick and I were commissioned by Manchester Museum's Families and Early Years teams to redevelop their Magic Carpet pre-school programme, and to create six new story-based sessions for under 5s and their grown ups, based around the museum's collections:
Archaeology: The Magic Porridge Pot
Frogs: A Tadpole's Tale
The Girl and the Bird (looking after nature)
Under the Sea
A MULTISENSORY TOUR OF THE JOHN RYLANDS LIBRARY
The John Rylands Library (with funding from the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama) commissioned Peoplescape Theatre to devise a multi-sensory tour of the library, created specifically to meet the needs of visitors with special educational or complex needs. The session uses storytelling, role play and music to engage visitors with the history and architecture of the building. Emily and I also trained the library education team to deliver the session. Devised and written by Emily Capstick and myself for Peoplescape Theatre.