Past projects

Over the years we’ve created lots of projects…… click on the links to see past projects that are still being performed and some of our recent work.

For Early Years

Manchester Museum

  • The Magic Carpet – six unique participatory storytelling performances with live music, movement, applied theatre techniques, applied puppetry and object handling. The themes of the stories are: Under the Sea, Archaeology, Dinosaurs, The Living World, Frogs, The Seasons (Nature Discovery)

Devised & performed by Matt & Emily.

Museum of London

  • Miss Kitty’s Cat – written and performed by Emily and Alison. Read more hereMiss Kitty's Cat

For primary, secondary and schools with specialist support provision

Imperial War Museum North

Using the museum’s unique collections, Peoplescape enabled 120 children to create their own theatre experiences which were performed in the iconic IWMN building in April 2014. The event was part of the opening of From Street to Trench: A War that Shaped a Region, the largest ever exhibition created exploring the north west during the First World War. The devising workshops included applied theatre techniques, choral speaking, shadow puppetry and creative writing.

For Special Schools

Museum of London

  • Over the Sea to London
  • At the Pleasure Gardens
  • Both performances devised and performed by Alison and Emily – read more here8519812193_485fcf6fb3_b

London Transport Museum

  • At your back on the track – Based on the design work of Enid Marx who was commissioned by London Transport in the 1950s and 60s. The story follows the journey of a London Transport worker who has lost something important. Devised by Emily and Alison

For Primary Schools

People’s History Museum

  • No Bed of Roses Caribbean migration to Manchester  – Researched through reminiscence work and written by Alison. Read more here
  • Nettie Honeyball, The story of the captain of the first England women’s football team 1895. Written and performed by Emily
  • Ellen Wilkinson – The story of the Labour MP who was involved in the Jarrow march – written and performed by Alison
  • Slavery & Suffrage – William Cuffay’s Story – written by Alison
  • Strike a Light! – A Match Girl’s Story Maggie McCallow participated in the matchmakers strike of 1888 with Annie Besant;  Excerpts of this piece have been dramatised on BBC 4’s Woman’s Hour. Written and performed by Emily. Read more here
  •  Alice Partington, mill worker and survivor of the “Peterloo Massacre” 1817. written and performed by Alison
  • Shop Front, Home Front, Written and performed by Emily.
  • Christmas with the O’Farrells  -Following a mother and daughter from the 1930’s depression to 1945. Devised and performed by Emily and Alison
  • What the Dickens – written by Emily

Manchester City Art Gallery

  • Mabel’s Mystery Tour  – Mabel (the art gallery’s cleaner in 1936)  leads the children on a tour of the Design for Living exhibition – modern design as it was shown in the 30s. Devised and performed by Alison8521318185_39bf723099_c

Museum of Science and Industry

  • Waterworks – Health and Social issues from the Victorian period. Children in role and involved in Mantle of the Expert debate to decide the future of the sewers. Devised and performed by Alison and Emily

Manchester Museum

  • Collecting the world – On-board HMS Eliza with Mr Charles Heape (a prominent patron of the Manchester Museum), a Victorian cabin boy explores some of the practicalities and arguments around “collecting”- written by Emily

In schools

  • Coming Home – Following the experiences of a family separated by war. Researched through reminiscence work. Researched and devised by Alison and Emily. Written and performed by Emily.

For Secondary Schools

People’s History Museum

  • Fawcett’s Funny Guides   – Sketches to accompany an exhibition of feminist cartoons. Devised and performed by Alison and Emily8521303071_45f8654b43_c
  • Moving Stories – Migration & Identity  – written and directed by Emily. Read more here
  • Alison also used this script as the basis for a peer education project for the Unicorn Theatre.
  • Bronterre O’Brien – Papers, Protest and Peterloo, Written and directed by Emily.

For Families

Heaton Hall

  • At Home with Miss Eleanor Egerton – A tour of Heaton Hall by Lady Eleanor Egerton and her Maid Annie. Devised and Performed by Emily and Alison

Harris Museum and Art Gallery Preston

  • Masks – workshops to accompany an exhibition about self image – devised and facilitated by Alison
  • Relative Values – workshop exploring portraiture – devised and facilitated by Emily and Alison

Helmshore Textile Museum, Lancashire County Museum Service

  • The spinning 60’s  Exploring the experiences of those who worked in the declining textile industry of the period.  Developed through reminiscence work with people from the local community – written by Alison and Emily
  • All Loom and Gloom – Devised by Alison and Emily

Manchester City Art Gallery

  • Pre-Raphelite Women artists – Drama workshops exploring the exhibition – devised and facilitated by Alison