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About the project

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Primary explored one of our most important and universal rites of passage: the first years at school. It reflected many viewpoints: pupil, teacher, policy-maker, the ‘now’ and its context - the ‘then’.  

For almost everyone over 4-5 years old primary school is our first common institutional experience. Good, bad or indifferent, that experience can colour the rest of our lives. This year we'll examine the experience of primary school by gathering thought-provoking artefacts, statistics and viewpoints.

This was our 6th Vernacular Theatre piece, which uses a five stage process of research and development to bring together children, adults and artists who co-create a new piece of theatre with volunteer performers of all ages and backgrounds. 

Our timeline was:

March to June 2017:
Gathering and exploring material through research, interviews and multi-generational workshops at Bubble HQ.
They will work in parallel with Lancaster Millennium Choir and their choir Director/Composer, Andy Whitfield. 
Volunteer training and taster workshops take place at Bubble and with residents of Southwark sheltered housing.

June - August 2017:
Our creative team shaped the script, design and direction from the material that has been gathered and explored

September 2017 - February 2018:
A more formal period of rehearsals, which culminated in performances in March 2018.

Multi-generational rehearsals took place on Thursdays, from 6.30-8.30pm and Sunday afternoons in February 2018, here at Bubble HQ.

If you would like to get involved in our next intergenerational project, you can find more information here.  Bubble doesn't hold auditions and everyone is welcome.

We would like to thank Arts Council England for their support of the project.

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