The first two programmes that the Medway Cultural Education Partnership is working on collaboratively are:
Theatre31 is an imaginative theatre programme for children and young people who live on the Isle of Sheppey and in Medway.
The programme is a series of inspiring and creative activities designed to raise young people’s aspirations and develop their skills and confidence around every aspect of theatre.
Young people are at the heart of Theatre31, and we are keen that young people have the opportunity to influence and shape the programme and get involved.
There are a number of ways that you can get involved, whether you are a young person, school, community group, parent or carer we would love to hear from you. We are carrying out a survey and the findings will help us to understand the current provision of theatre for young people in Medway and the Isle of Sheppey.
We want to know what opportunities are currently available, what needs to change and how young people can help to create more creative opportunities for other children and young people in the area. We know that it can be difficult for young people to access high quality theatre performances. Barriers can be things like cost, transport or even having a supportive and willing pa
rent or carer available to help out. We want to gather as much information as possible at this stage and you can help us by completing the survey which will be available to download shortly, so watch this space!
If you would prefer to talk to us about the survey, either on the phone or face to face just get in touch and we will do our best to help. Please email nancyh [at] icontheatre.org.uk or call 01634 813179.
We are setting up two youth panels, one in Medway and the other on the Isle of Sheppey. The youth panels will be run by young people, for young people, and being involved means that you will have your say in shaping and influencing the Theatre31 programme. There will be a range of brilliant activities on offer and with the youth panel’s help we aim to arrange a number of practical ‘go see’ trips to performances and behind the scenes theatre tours. The youth panels will be encouraged to lead on all decisions relating to performance and commissioning opportunities for the Theatre31 programme. We can’t do this without you, so if you would like to find out more please email nancyh [at] icontheatre.org.uk or call 01634 813179.
During 2020 the Theatre31 youth panels will be devising a series of commissioning opportunities for artists and performing companies. The commissioning process will be led by young people, advertised widely and will be open to all to apply.
If you are interested in finding out more about the commissioning opportunities, please let us know, by contacting nancyh [at] icontheatre.org.uk.
Medway is a complex school system in relation to transition from Year 6 to Year 7. The Effective and Enlightening Transition programme seeks to improve this transition phase for year 6 pupils joining two pilot secondary schools, The Victory Academy and St John Fisher RC Comprehensive.
In phase one all pupils took part in ‘mixer’ activities including workshops with Strangeface Theatre company and Daisy Farris Dance collective. The children also visited Chatham Historic Dockyard and took part in a guided tour seeing areas of the Dockyard not accessible to the public.
Children involved in phase one of the programme reported they:
In phase two pupils will ‘make Medway their classroom’ by engaging with a bespoke package of arts and cultural activities. This will involve one timetabled afternoon per week for all year 7 pupils with a focus on the arts/cultural entitlement.
Ultimately, our objective is to ensure that all pupils settle in more quickly, improve their attendance and have a collaborative support network in place from their first day at secondary school.