The arts magazine for teachers

As regular readers of IP will know, we have long been campaigning for for arts education in schools, especially as the EBacc continues to bite. Now, the arts industry has woken up to the situation and leading figures from the world of theatre, dance and music are lending their voices and support to campaign for more support for arts education. The government has pledged £96 million towards arts education initiatives, which is a start, but funding for arts subjects in schools is imperative if we are to continue developing the creative talent of the future.

This update includes our Big Interview with innovative pianists Worbey & Farrell, combining classical music with humour, plus we take a view on this year’s Carnegie Medal list of books vying for glory. Is your school participating in the shadowing scheme?

With a wide choice of options for aspiring young actors, dancers and musicians, we look at some of the summer schools around the country offering courses this year and also at the specialist courses for those interested in pursuing a career in puppetry.

Our regional focus this time takes us to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, and to the Trailblazers outreach educational work of the Royal Opera House with schools in Thurrock, Essex.

We feature the work of the Mousetrap Theatre Projects charity, helping make theatre accessible for more young people and of the innovative theatre experiences and training offered by Punchdrunk.

The Exhibition features two contrasting shows at the Tate’s Modern and Britain – perhaps you can take advantage of the new Tate Collective initiative to attract younger visitors (16-25’s)? This free-to-join scheme enables you to purchase entry tickets for just £5 – a considerable saving for many of the popular shows.

This month’s Pause For Thought poses the question where our next tranche of musicians will come from if music lessons in schools continue to be cut back. Your feedback, of course, is always welcome.

John

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Dynamic Duo

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Dynamic Duo  

Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell, both pianists, met at Royal College of Music. Worbey and Farrell, their unusual double act – four hands on one piano – combines virtuosic playing with family-friendly humour. Susan Elkin caught up with them in London on their way home to Edinburgh following a working week on a P&O Cruise […]

Carnegie 2018

Carnegie 2018  

This year’s Carnegie shortlist has been announced with schools and reading groups around the country shadowing the process and providing valuable feedback. Susan Elkin is our guide. The CILIP Carnegie Medal, awarded annually for a children’s book, is the prize that most authors writing for young people covet above all others. The judges are librarians from […]

Capital gains

Capital gains  

For over 20 years Mousetrap Theatre Projects has helped nearly 200,000 young people experience theatre in London through trips to West End shows as well as practical drama workshops. Mark Glover finds out how the charity continues to make venues in the capital more welcoming and the challenges that teachers face when trying to book […]

School’s out – time for summer school

 

Susan Elkin rounds up some of this year’s options. Some are residential. Others work on a daily attendance basis. Some (such as Dorset Opera Summer School: www.dorsetopera.com/summerschool) lead to a large semi-professional scale production. Others simply present work for family and friends at the end of the week. The summer school mix available across the […]

Royal Opera House Trailblazers

Royal Opera House Trailblazers  

If you think the Royal Opera House is all, and only, about toffs enjoying an abstruse art form in very expensive seats then you couldn’t be more wrong. Susan Elkin went along to Thurrock to find out more. The company’s very active Learning and Participation team works very hard indeed to include and develop people […]

Seaing the potential

Seaing the potential  

The new-look Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough plays an important role in the engagement of young people in the area. Mark Glover speaks to Associate Director Diana Logan about the recent refurbishment, strong teacher relationships and how youth engagement is a life-long project on the North Yorkshire coast. As a seaside resort Scarborough is as […]

Puppetry

Puppetry  

With many productions incorporating puppetry, Susan Elkin takes a look at the growth of this traditional artform and the training opportunities now available. Puppetry has probably been around for as long as children and adults have played make-believe games. Hold a tree branch in a certain way or make it “walk”. It becomes a tiny […]

Punchdrunk – Small Wonders

Punchdrunk – Small Wonders  

Creating innovative theatre experiences and education workshops, Susan Elkin visits Punchdrunk in North London in advance of Small Wonders, their next production. Founded by Felix Barrett 19 years ago, Punchdrunk has long had an admirable track record of cutting edge, immersive shows which reach audiences and use spaces innovatively. The work has evolved beyond “promenade […]

EXHIBITION: Human Relationships

EXHIBITION: Human Relationships  

Two contrasting shows at the Tate Modern and Tate Britain caught the attention of Graham Hooper, who provides us with an insight into both. For anyone, your fiftieth year can tricky. Suspecting that your best years are behind you, and knowing that others may well agree. Perhaps the body betrays signs of being that bit […]

Pause for thought… Saving Music Lessons

Pause for thought… Saving Music Lessons  

Susan Elkin asks where are the musicians of the future going to come from if we don’t catch them young? If you are to become proficient on an orchestral instrument – horn or cello, say – you need to start young and stick at it. And that means lessons, encouragement and opportunities consistently over many […]