Education

The Bluebirds have a wide experience working in schools as teachers and performers. 

A core of our message is bringing the theatrical musical experience direct to young people and immersing them in it: allowing them to experience first hand the creative process and allowing them to see what they can do themselves. 

Previously The Bluebirds have taken Berlin Cabaret and Nzingabeth into primary schools. Mrs Noah and The Flood was taken into community spaces with music and mask-making workshops running before the show. The whole audience was invited to take part in the music making during the show with children invited onstage in masks they had made as the animals of the ark. 

Now with The Popera House, Somerset’s first dedicated opera house, we are taking that interactive theatre to a whole new level. The Popera House is super flexible and mobile and can come to your school or community space, whether it be an empty field, a supermarket car park or a country estate: whatever, your location,  we want to bring the inspiration of music direct to you. The Popera House will be visiting both primary and secondary schools with music-theatre workshops

Shadow Puppet Theatre Workshops with The Bluebirds Theatre Company 
Available to book for your school or community.

We can provide live and  online and interactive Shadow Puppet workshops. Over the course of our session or sessions (great if you want to do more!) we will teach you how to make shadow puppets and how to make a shadow puppet theatre. We’ll teach you how to make up great stories and great characters so that you can create an amazingly inventive world with tales as tall as you like – but that will still fit on the kitchen table! We help you tell big stories on a little stage!
It’s a lot of fun. You don’t need any prior experience; you just need to get a few materials from around the house and join us in the session.
We are hugely thankful to SS&L for funding some of these workshops and especially invite learners from disadvantaged areas and low income families.
What you will need for the first session: 
Card (preferably black but could just be a cereal packet)
A stick (could be a bbq stick or something from a tree)
Sellotape
Scissors
Craft split pins (not essential but good if you want to make moving limbs)
Coloured cellophane (like transparent sweet wrappers)

 

 

 

Pre-school Baby Bluebirds

Introducing music as a regular part of education, rather than an occasional add-on, is key to increasing the social reach of music making. Amy Hardwick is a pre-school music expert and has worked at both primary and secondary level. She’s worked in theatre education as Performing Arts teacher at The Space and Tacchi Morris Theatre in Taunton. As part of the Bluebird team Amy specialises in early years music education, introducing music making right at the start of children’s education. contact amyhardwick@live.co.uk for more info or https://www.facebook.com/BluebirdsTheatre/

Current classes information available here: http://thebluebirds.org.uk/education/baby-bluebirds

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