2016 ended for Pintsize Theatre with 2 tours of extant TIE projects in the Autumn Term. September to October 2016 was taken up with the seventeenth consecutive (and extremely well received) tour of ‘Kids having Kids’, our play and workshop on teenage sexual relationships and alcohol misuse for Years 9-10. With support from many individual school venues, the company was able to provide 35 performances of the play in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County. Staff working with young people at Nottingham Academy commented:
‘Excellent sessions in all respects’
‘Excellent as always’
‘The play was thought provoking and effective in its aim. Students are aware of where to get support and help which is key’
These responses to ‘Kids Having Kids’ from young people were equally positive:
‘It was realistic and helpful’
‘It was very interesting and helpful’
‘I think it made people think about their futures. I think it warned them about the consequences’
Chloe Crump, Connor Bailey and Lydia Baulard-Cato in 2016 Tour ‘Kids Having Kids’
November 2016 to March 2017 was taken up with 100 performance/workshops of our internet safety/CSE awareness play and workshop ‘LUVU2’: this was the project’s fourth tour and it received equally positive feedback to the previous three. Developed in conjunction with Nottinghamshire Police, the safeguarding teams in the city and county and a myriad of child protection agencies, it received considerable praise summed up by this response from a teacher at Quarrydale Achool in Ashfield,
‘I would just like to say how inspiring and engaging the theatre group was for our students. A number of our students are very vulnerable and I certainly felt a clear message came across to our students as to the severity and reality of these issues addressed.
I truly believe children need to get these messages through different methods and not just the teachers and parents they see every day’
Mr A Heathcote, Head of Year 8, Quarrydale Academy
Parent/Carers who witnessed the project in action were equally positive:
‘Very powerful way to explain a complex issue. Vital that everyone, young people, teachers, parents, carers etc understand how exploitation happens. Also vital young people know how to avoid and get out of situations. The production ticks all the boxes’
‘I work with foster carers who look after young people who are at risk of, or involved in CSE and this play/workshop I thought portrayed the situations and risks brilliantly – should be compulsory for all young people to see’
‘I hope it is shown to all young people in Nottinghamshire aged 10 upwards. I thought it was really powerful and informative. Thank you!’
Most importantly, the young people who accessed the ‘LUVU2’ resource were as impressed as their teachers and parent/carers, as these responses from Tuxford and West Bridgford Academies and Vision West Notts College testify:
‘It was a good performance that can teach any age, awareness’
‘I thought that it was very good and I think that they should keep showing the play to other people’
‘Yes the play made the point of sexual exploitation and the actors were really talented’
‘We were older than usual but still helpful info’
‘Good play with a clear message that not only looked at the fact it can happen to anyone but also looked at ‘patterns’ it may occur in’
‘Very powerful play – very appreciated’
On the back of this success, 2017 will see Pintsize Theatre launching the eighth summer term tour of ‘I Want! I Want!’ its highly successful play and workshop on alcohol awareness, targeting Years 6 – 8. This play also reflects on many issues around gender discrimination, bullying, self-esteem as well as domestic violence.
Despite the difficult financial circumstances which Pintsize and all arts based agencies face in the present climate, funding again from local charities and individual schools will enable us to put together a tour of at least 50 performances which will be in primary and secondary schools throughout Nottingham City and the county, May to July 2017.
‘I Want! I Want!’ initially came into existence in 2009 with the support of Nottinghamshire DAAT and after close consultation with WAM, the Mansfield based charity which supports young people affected by the drug and alcohol misuse of family and friends. This project particularly targets parent/carers as well as young people and the response from both groups has been equally positive over the last eight years; as staff from Radford Academy, Nottingham commented regarding the 2015 delivery:
‘Brilliant, informative performance, all year 6 really enjoyed it; follow up activities and workshop gave lots of opportunities for discussion. Challenged pupils thinking about alcohol and its effects’
The Autumn term of 2017 will hopefully see revivals of both ‘Kids Having Kids’ and ‘LUVU2’ and we also hope to revive our highly acclaimed play and workshop ‘Olly’s Olympics’ on childhood obesity for the summer term 2018
In these difficult times, Pintsize Theatre remains committed to touring extant projects of evidenced value and devising new forum theatre based on the first hand experiences and concerns of communities and individuals of all ages and backgrounds in the East Midlands.
Many thanks go to all those agencies and individuals who have given us their support so far and have allowed us to go on into 2017 contributing to the communities in which we live and work.
Once more, we would particularly like to thank Hannah Miller at the RSC and David Longford at Nottingham Theatre Royal for inviting our Artistic Director, Ian Court to sit on their Regional Casting Panel for the East Midlands, Thanks also must be extended to Lloyd Trott at RADA for inviting us to work with their undergraduates on raising awareness of TIE and its importance to disadvantaged communities which have no tradition of accessing theatre.
In 2018 Pintsize Theatre reaches its 20th anniversary – our success would have been impossible without the support and contribution of so many local artists, individuals, charities and governmental groups throughout the city and county.
Please contact the Company Manager, Ian Court for further details regarding Pintsize projects email@example.com