The Thames Project

We have just completed 14 performances of ‘The Sailor and the Mudlark’  2020 in all LDBSLAT schools. IMG_0051

The performances have gone brilliantly and we have had amazing feedback:

‘A compelling storyline and talented performers – the children in my class were captivated and so engaged. They listened and felt so comfortable being drawn into the story and so confident in contributing as a result”


Now we are on to the workshop and children’s performance phase of the project for 2020.

We were engaged in February 2019 by the LDBS Academies Trust to run a creative project for all 14 Year 4 classes across the trust. We decided on the theme of the river Thames and set to work to create a new piece of theatre and then run workshops with all of the classes towards their own performances.

In March Alison, Emily, Matt and Catherine devised and performed ‘The Sailor and the Mudlark’  We had our usual storytelling, songs, puppetry, sensory props (including a 5 metre multi-purpose Thames cloth) and audience participation.

Emily and Annette pulled out all the stops in their fantastic making. The children helped the mudlark with a dilemma about whether to let her cat join the sailor on board the ship.fullsizeoutput_1971Then we went back into all the schools and in each school one of our drama practitioners worked with the children during the term to create their own performancesIMG_2733The children worked on drama games, still images, story exploration, poem writing. choral speaking, thought tracking and song creation. They also had art workshops on shadow puppet lantern and banner making ImageDisplay-2Catherine and Alison led workshops and we also worked with some fantastic new practitioners: Bex Milner, Amie Taylor, Jools Voce, Vicki Hawkins, Lehni Lamide and Kate Hart.ImageDisplay-5Thanks to everyone for making this project such an success.