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Forest Forge Theatre Company has been delivering high quality Creative Learning projects for the past 30 years.
This is our work in Schools and Colleges. We offer a range of workshops to schools on a variety of subjects from physical theatre, writing and devising to storytelling. We can offer residencies as well as discrete projects for individual schools. We have a wealth of experience in working with different age ranges, abilities and with groups including Pupil Referal Units and young people with Autism. We are regularly asked to speak at and run workshops at teacher conferences and INSET days, as well as lecturing for university and college courses.
The company also runs Community Theatre Days giving schools, colleges and universities the opportunity to visit The Theatre Centre, meet the staff and explore every aspect of rural touring theatre and working in the arts.
Forest Forge is regularly asked to direct performances and run modules on University programmes. Recent examples of this have included Mother Courage and her Children and Top Girls for the Arts University College Bournemouth and The Trial for Bournemouth and Poole College.
Details of our more popular workshops can be found on our Workshop Leaflet, but we are always willing to discuss other ideas and the ways we can help.
Recent examples of Education work include:
We regularly run workshops in schools and colleges and can tailor our sessions to the particpants needs and interests. Whether you are looking for a workshop on a particular subject or want to improve skills around team building or communication, we can help.
To get you started why not have a look at our standard workshop leaflet - but then use your imagination and get in touch! VIEW OUR WORKSHOP LEAFLET
In addition to running workshops we can also work with schools and colleges on bespoke projects. Recent examples include:
Every year Forest Forge run a unique work experience project that involves up to 25 young people. Pupils from Ringwood and Burgate Schools in the New Forest join the company for two weeks. In the first week they create an issue-based play, which tours around schools in the area.
All members of the Forest Forge staff team get involved with the project, giving the participants the chance to learn from theatre professionals with expertise in a variety of areas. This often opens up the participant’s eyes to the variety of employment opportunities within the arts.
Elevate has been running for the past four years. Each year has focused on a different issue important to young people in our region including cyber bullying knife crime, alcohol and teenage pregnancy. The project not only forces the participants to address these important issues but gives other young people in the region the chance to think about and explore them following the performance. As the issues are presented by their peers young people are encouraged to think about issues and benefit from peer-to-peer learning.
The Elevate project performance is usually toured to secondary schools in the New Forest.
OUT OF JOINT - YOUNG CREATIVES WORKSHOPS
Forest Forge is currently working with four Pupil Referal Units across the New Forest, offering workshops on creative writing and physical theatre.
NORMAN COURT RESIDENCY
Forest Forge ran a two week residency at Norman Court School in Wiltshire, working on a range of street theatre and performance technique, leading to a number of guerilla performanecs throughout the school.
10 WEEK DRAMA CLUBS
Our ten week drama clubs give schools the opportunity to offer weekly extra curricular drama sessions. We regularly run clubs in primary schools and end the ten weeks with a short sharing for family and friends.
INTERGENERATIONAL PROJECTS IN ANDOVER
Intergenerational projects bring toegther school pupils and older members of the community. In 2010 we ran a series of workshops with both these groups together and in schools in Andover, leading to a performance. The first project was called MiTunes and was themed around music. In 2011 we looked at the theme of celebration and in 2012 we are working on a project called Rough Diamonds, inspired by the Diamond Jubilee.
Rough Diamonds was held on 29 May 2012 and saw young people from Harrow Way school in Andover work alongside a group of older people from within the community. The groups were brought together to examine how people’s lives have changed in the 60 years since the coronation. All the stories and discussions were developed into a performance that told real stories from people within the community and took an entertaining look at life in Britain today and how we celebrate the monarchy.