2018 ended for Pintsize Theatre with 2 tours of extant TIE projects. September to October 2018 was taken up with the nineteenth 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 local charities and many individual school venues, the company was able to provide 40 performances of the play in Nottingham city and Nottinghamshire county.
Staff at Serlby Park in Bircotes commented:
‘Brilliant! All the pupils were engaged and ‘buzzing’ after – it really does get the information across on a level that can be understood. I would recommend for any school to see. The providers are excellent, so approachable and informative’
These responses to ‘Kids Having Kids’ from two Year 9 students at Quarrydale School in Ashfield were typical of many:
‘It was really good, I think it was age appropriate. The actors did very well at acting’
‘I thought it was really educational and I would love to see more like this’
‘I liked that at the end we were allowed to ask questions to the characters’
‘I think that the play was very good and realistic, it made a big point on underage drinking and sex’
Connor Bailey as Sammy and Jess Wheeler as Olive in the Summer 2018 tour ‘Olly’s Olympics’
November 2018 to March 2019 was taken up with 81 performance/workshops of our new internet safety/CSE awareness drama workshop ‘Abigail’s Story’ based on our full length play ‘LUVU2’: this was the project’s first full tour after trials last year.
This comment from the Head of PHSCE at Oakwood Academy is typical of many:
‘Very well planned workshop, telling a story that covers the key points needed to make aware the dangers of online safety/grooming. Thank you!!'
‘LUVU2’ (our award winning play on which ‘Abigail’s Story’ was based) has now sadly ended its touring life in city and county schools because of funding cuts but we are looking to revive the play briefly in August 2019 when it will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 19th - 24th August at Venue 45 The Surgeon’s Hall.
Again, this response from a Year 10 student from Southwolds Academy, Keyworth, sums up the reaction of many of our audience members to ‘LUVU2’ :
‘The play was so good and the actors were amazing, especially seeing as they were presenting a serious issue. I discussed it with my friends after, and we all agreed how good the story was at getting across the message of how controlling these people can be. I feel now, I could be ready if this was to ever happen to someone close to me. It's all very well our teachers telling us the people we could go to if this was to ever happen, but the issue presented in a theatrical way, impacted more on me personally.
Thank you for your time'
On November 22nd 2017 ‘LUVU2’ gained national recognition by achieving ‘Highly Commended’ status at the UK’s Children and Young People Now Awards in the BEST PHSE CATEGORY – a huge achievement for such a small company and our thanks go to all the schools, agencies and individuals who contributed to the project’s success between 2013 and 2018!
Summer Term 2019 will see Pintsize Theatre launching the ninth summer term tour of ‘I Want! I Want!’ its highly successful play and workshop on mental health and alcohol awareness, targeting Years 5 - 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 hopefully enable us to put together a tour of between 30 to 50 performances which will be in primary and secondary schools throughout Nottingham City and the county, May to July 2019.
‘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 ten 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’
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.
Our work in recent years has now expanded as far afield at Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire but special mention must go to Morna International College in Ibiza which will be receiving a performance of ‘Olly’s Olympics’ in early May 2019.
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 2019 contributing to the communities in which we live and work.
Please contact the Company Manager, Ian Court for further details regarding Pintsize projects firstname.lastname@example.org