Participatory Drama at Historic Royal Palaces

We are currently working with the learning team at The Tower of London to pilot our new session for Secondary Special Schools.The story explores the true story of Colonel Blood who attempted to steal the crown jewels in 1671.

Curious World of the Court

In 2013, we created a new participatory performance with the education team at HRP for KS2.

The session begins out of role in the education rooms. The children learn that the story is to be set in the court of King George II and Queen Caroline (in 1722) and that soon they will be going up to the Georgian State rooms in role as courtiers new to Court. They learn about Queen Caroline’s collection of curiosities and are able to interact with an 8 metre sensory cloth depicting eight curiosities that may have been in her cabinet (volcanic rock, a mermaids tail, a double ended key etc).

In role, they meet Lord Garvo and are taken up to the state rooms. Here they learn first hand how courtiers had to behave and the pressures of the court environment. The children take part in an art activity where they create their own curiosity. Soon after, they meet Lady Sophie, another new courtier, who has got herself into a bit of a pickle, which they are able to help her with.  Finally they meet Queen Caroline herself and are able to present the curiosities they have created as gifts for her birthday.

Devised by Alison and Emily, written and performed by Alison

The Seamstress’s Inventory – Family Storytelling at the Glorious George Festival Summer 2015

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“A locked door
A room of secrets
I have the key
The key to the Cabinet of Curiosity

Queen Caroline has entrusted the key to me
To guard from gossiping courtiers
Who would love a glimpse at what is in the room
Who wonder what might be here
But I know
And I will keep the secrets
Queen Caroline has collected strange and magical things
And I am to write a list of those strange and magical things

A locked door
I have the key”

Jack’s Glorious Adventure – family storytelling in the holidays 2014

Kensington Palace

We follow Jack, a 12 year old boy, who works on a farm in Brixham, Torbay as he journeys to London to make his fortune. Along the way he encounters Prince William of Orange’s quest to be King and manages to get taken on by the Prince men as a stable hand. The audience follow him on this adventure and join in with creating the sea arrival of the Prince and the march to London. They have a chance to take on the role of Jack in exploring a dilemma involving one of the Princes Cavalrymen.

This was a 30 minute interactive storytelling session devised for families in the holidays. It was aimed at children 5-12 and took place in the Queens state rooms and was set during the Glorious Revolution of 1688.

Written and Performed by Alison. Creative consulting by Emily