Using the National Theatre’s extraordinary production of War Horse as a tool for cross curricular learning, two Salford Schools are exploring themes of the First World War in response to this world wide hit of a show, which has just finished a sell-out run at The Lowry.
A Year 6 class at St. Sebastians Primary School and a Year 9 English class at All Hallows High School have been supported by The Lowry and The National Theatre to deliver an exciting, creative approach to curriculum based learning that started with a trip to The Lowry to see this award winning production this month.
Not only did these Salford children and young people see the show, but they also had the unique opportunity to get backstage and behind the scenes to meet the cast and crew as well as see the costumes, set and puppets. As if this wasn’t enough, the Salford Children also had the change to take part in a technical theatre workshop on stage in The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre.
Teachers and students commented after the experience;
“The performance and workshop was incredible, the pupils haven’t stopped talking about it!’’ English Teacher, Year 9 at All Hallows High School, Salford
‘’I want to live here forever!’’
Year 6 student, St. Sebastians Primary School, Salford
Following the trip to The Lowry, the schools are expecting a special visit from a professional War Horse puppeteer from The National Theatre at their schools in February to lead them in a workshop.
All this will be followed by even more creative classes with The Lowry to explore themes and experiences of the First World War through drama and visual arts before all of these Salford children and young people are invited to perform their own response to War Horse on stage at The Lowry infront of family, friends and teachers in March 2014.
Lynsey Merrick, The Learning & Participation Manager at The Lowry commented on the project;
‘’Arts and Culture is such a special way for us to work with Salford’s Children and Young People to help them remember and pay respect to the brave men and women of the First World War. And we are very lucky to have such a brilliant inspiration in National Theatre’s War Horse to stimulate such brilliant learning opportunities in our schools’’
For more information about Learning opportunities for Schools in Salford visit www.thelowry.com/learning