Theatre in Education and writing a script for our own educational performance for young children. Once we have researched and devised our pieces we will take it on tour to local primary schools.
What is Theatre in Education and what Purpose does it Serve
Theatre in Education is a style of performance that aims to education through story telling and performance.
On the website ‘Dramatic English’ it says “Theatre In Education, TIE, is a form of theatre that began in Britain in the mid-1960s in response to the needs of both theatre and schools. In 1965 at the Belgrade Theatre, conventry, a number of pilot projects in schools were carried out and they demonstrated that theatre was a very effective educational medium and it could actively engage the audience in the learning process.”(1)
This tells us that T.I.E is an educational performance. The paragraph gives us information about the time that theatre in education first started. It also tells us the purpose of theatre in education, T.I.E is an effective way to teach. This is because a lot of children find it hard to learn things in a classroom. For example some T.I.E companies have songs included in the story, there will be a message in the song which is an effective way to get children to remember something because it will be repetitive. Sometimes coming out of the classroom and watching something that is different will stay in the mind for a longer time.
The company offer a range of subjects that are part of the curriculum for Key Stage one the offer mainly, Geography, Science / Maths, History and for Key Stage two mostly the same but they also teach Storytelling/Shakespeare and Modern Foreign Languages.
Comparing Two of Theatre in Education Companies.
Loudmouth T.I.E company uses drama and discussion to help children open up about the issues affecting them, or the issues that my affect them in the future. They focus mainly on teaching the issues surrounding the subject of PHSE. The audience will take part in workshops after the performance to talk about the performance so the the learning gets carried forward. They can carry out engaging lessons on really challenging subjects some teachers would struggle with. The company uses materials such as learning booklets filled with the information taught so that the children/young people can refresh the things the were taught about, they provide different booklets for different age groups. They also play games with the young Key Stage 2 children after the show so that the children have an enjoyable experience and can get involved. Loudmouth have programs for different organisations including
- Primary schools
- Secondary Schools
- Special Schools
In comparison, Takeaway Theatre in Education Company offer similar subjects but on there website I cant find anything about them doing workshops with the children so the message may not be reinforced. I think it is important when teaching young children who may have short attention spans to reinforce the message, especially when teaching about challenging subjects. Maybe if the company offered some type of learning booklet like Loudmouth does. Although they don’t enforce the message they do offer more subjects such as History and season themed shows, were as Loudmouth only offer the subject PHSE.
Takeaways subjects are available for Key Stage 1 and 2 and adapt to other years that book them, but Loudmouth only offer a small range for young child. Lots of their shows are aimed at older children. Even though I really like this theatre company they may not be the best to research when it come to my T.I.E presentation to the class.