School Residencies and Longer projects
Whether for a week, a term or a whole academic year, Little Angel can provide puppetry residencies within your school or setting which can link with the curriculum or a particular theme. See below for some examples of recent residencies or open the PDF for further information;
School Partnership Programme
We are proud to be working in partnership with 6 of our most local primary schools in 2018-2019:
Canonbury Primary School
Laycock Primary School
The New North Academy
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
St Mary’s Cof E Primary School
William Tyndale Primary School
What is The Schools Partnership Programme?
- The schools partnership programme is an opportunity for our most local schools to engage with us on a much deeper level over a prolonged period of time.
- Pupils have access to shows, workshops and behind the scenes opportunities.
- Teachers have access to training and support in bringing their curriculum to life via puppetry.
- Every pupil are given the opportunity to enhance their learning via the arts and specifically puppetry.
Who is the Schools Partnership Programme for?
- Invited local primary schools who want to enhance their curriculum via puppetry and engage their pupils in the arts.
- Local children aged 4-11 (from nursery to year 6).
What does the programme involve?
- The programme runs on an annual basis and schools engage with us over the course of one year with the option of continuing the partnership and deepening the relationship, offering pupils a fully integrated arts experience throughout their primary education.
- Partner Schools engage with us in a variety of ways including coming to see performances in our theatre and studios spaces, puppetry workshops and CPD training for staff and have access to a wealth of opportunities and resources which will enable teachers to enliven and enhance the curriculum.
Thornhill Puppeteer in Residence
Between 2009-2016, Little Angel Theatre has had a puppeteer in residence at Thornhill Primary School, Islington. Through a series of projects and workshops, our puppeteer worked with every pupil in the school on projects which link to various areas of the curriculum including literacy, design technology, art and science. We provided pupils with opportunities to design, make and manipulate puppets, and share their work across the school. In addition we trained staff in using puppetry with pupils.
Rosy Gets the Plot
In 2013 & 2014 Little Angel Theatre toured a special performance residency into nine Primary Schools in Islington. Each school received a week-long residency which began with a performance of ‘Rosy Gets the Plot’ – a specially developed puppet show exploring themes of healthy eating, growing your own vegetables and the journey of our food from seed to plate. For the rest of the week, two classes then worked with the puppeteers and workshop leaders to devise their own shows based on these themes. Participants wrote scripts, made puppets, rehearsed and finally performed their own shows back to the rest of the school.
St Bonaventure’s School
Two Little Angel Theatre puppeteers and directors worked intensively for 5 days with boys aged 11 – 16 to create a performance based around the West Ham Pals Brigade of young men who fought in WW1. The students made puppets, devised and wrote scenes and presented their show ‘The Letter’ to fellow students and parents on the final day of the residency.
Standard and Bespoke one-day workshops for schools and groups
• One day puppet making workshops
Working with a puppet maker and assistant, pupils will design and make puppets around a set theme (e.g. traditional tales/a period in history – or a theme of your choice). You can choose from Table-Top puppets, Shadow Puppets or Glove Puppets and each type of puppet can be linked to support an area of the curriculum if you wish. Once puppets are made, they can be used in further projects led by the school, or you can supplement the puppet making day with an additional day of puppet manipulation and devising if you want your students to develop a performance or work towards a presentation. More information HERE.
• Parade Puppet Making
Little Angel Theatre puppet makers have worked with primary schools to design and build large-scale parade puppets.
• Puppet Themed-Days
Some schools like to create a whole-school or year group event – perhaps for an arts week or creative day – which is themed around puppets! These can include puppet making workshops, talks, demonstrations and puppet handling sessions.
• Specially designed/Themed – Puppet Making Days
Perhaps your class or group are looking at a particular book, or working on a specific topic and would like to supplement their project with a puppet-making workshop. We have delivered specially tailored workshops on themes as diverse as ‘The Gingerbread Man’, ‘Victorian Toys’, ‘Florence Nightingale’ and ‘The Gruffalo’ – talk to us about your theme or topic and we can create a workshop to suit you.
Theatre and Studios visits
At our Creative Learning Centre in Islington, we can deliver workshops or ‘Meet the Puppets’ sessions for schools or groups which can also be combined with a visit to the theatre to see a show. Contact email@example.com for information about Studios visits and call Box Office on 020 7226 1787 for group bookings to see a show.
INSET and Teachers Evenings
We run regular sessions for Teachers, Group Leaders and Educators to learn about making and working with puppets, and evenings for those interested in bringing groups to the theatre – see the INSET & Visits page on our website for full details.
Collaborative Projects – Little Angel Theatre working with partner organisations
Little Angel has worked on many projects in partnership with other Arts or Community organisations – below are just a few examples of recent collaborations;
Trench Brothers with HMDT Music
2014 – Ongoing
Little Angel delivers the puppet-making workshops and provides puppets and puppeteers for the performances as part of HMDT’s innovative Trench Brothers Project.
Using puppetry, music, artefacts and cross-curricular learning, Trench Brothers brings the First World War to life for primary school children through the experiences and personal stories of Indian Army, British West Indies Regiment and black British Soldiers and culminates in performances of a new music theatre work.
The project aims to work with hundreds of primary school children over several years. Watch the video below to learn more about the project
Click here to visit HMDTs website and find out information about having the project in your school. Trench Brothers Video by Primo.
Fusion with Pop Up Projects CIC
Little Angel Theatre provided puppetry workshop leaders for Pop Up’s Fusion project which made use of the incredible bilingual skills that many children and parents have through a unique storytelling project. Fusion produced four bilingual animation shorts – featuring Somali, Turkish, Spanish and Bengali languages – and an accompanying documentary. Little Angel’s leaders were involved in the Spanish project and the Somali project Dheeg Dheer, which won ‘Best Youth Film’ at the Lab Film Festival 2013.
Watch the Fusion animations below:
100 Years of Arsenal in Islington – A project with Islington Museum and Arsenal in the Community
To celebrate Arsenal Football Club’s 100 years in Islington, A Little Angel Theatre workshop leader/director worked intensively for five days with a group of eight 10-14 year old boys. The groups researched the history of the club, wrote the script and made the puppets that were used in the performance of ‘George the 100 Year Old Fan, which was performed to a packed VIP audience at Little Angel Theatre.
For more information or to discuss opportunities/workshops/classes please email firstname.lastname@example.org