Photos: Matt Cooper, Stewart Baxter
Devised and created by KIT Theatre
Co-Produced by ARCADE and KIT Theatre
Commissioned by East Riding Libraries
Supported by Bridlington Spa
Funded through public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
WARDROBES AUTUMN 2023
We are working with the award-winning KIT Theatre to bring theatre and fun to Bridlington Primary Schools (Bempton, Martongate, Hilderthorpe and Burton Agnes) in Autumn 23.
IMMERSIVE THEATRE AND WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE
It turned out that C.S Lewis was onto something with the Narnia books: Wardrobes really are portals between worlds! What dear old C.S did not know is that magical wardrobes also work as transportation devices between one place and time and another. Some time-travelling explorers from the past have accidentally ended up in Bridlington 2023 and it's down to the town’s school children to help them out.
In this immersive theatre and workshop experience we will call upon all daring and adventurous 6+ year olds and their classmates, to help us solve clues and welcome a time traveller from the past. Each class and their teacher will work with KIT Theatre and ARCADE across a four week period which includes a day trip to Bridlington Spa, ongoing dialogue and communication with their own personal time traveller, in school workshops and classroom activities.
The WARDROBES creative team work closely with each class teacher to provide a unique teaching opportunity. Designed to be delivered alongside other curriculum activities, the WARDROBES experience brings learning alive, children become the heroes of their own class adventure, solving problems, developing literacy, storytelling and performance skills.
The four week project culminates in an electric theatrical finale at Bridlington North Library. It is here that the children discover a magical wardrobe hidden in a bookcase and they get to meet their time-traveller in real life. Each class presents a performance for their time traveller as well as a guidebook creation about modern life in Bridlington, before waving them off on their next adventure.
FEEDBACK FROM WARDROBES 2021
Director - Tom Bowtell
Producer - Harry Tennison
Executive Producer - Hannah Davies
Assistant Producer - Shannon Barker
Designer - Anna Bean
Performers - JJ Cruickshank, Amy Blake, Liam Farricker, Isabelle Cameron, James Knight
Facilitators - Shannon Rewcroft, Emily Chattle
Stage Manager - Siobhan Ashton