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Creative Learning Recruitment

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

the tempest

We are recruiting one or two part time freelance Creative Learning Associate/s to lead an after school Drama Club and work as an Assistant Director on a new school production.

We require an enthusiastic and imaginative person to lead a new after-school Drama Club which will take place twice a week in two different secondary schools within the Ward End area of East Birmingham. The clubs will culminate in the staging of three productions.

Following a production of The Tempest last year we are also staging a large-scale adapted version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at one of the schools and so are also seeking an Assistant Director to work with the Artistic and Associate Director to deliver this exciting and ambitious project.

The posts could be offered to the same person, or to two different individuals.
The after-school Drama Club begins the w/c 27th February 2017 and ends at Easter 2018. Rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run from mid- June to mid-July.

Please click here for further details of the posts and how to apply. As part of your application please also complete our Equal Opportunities monitoring form.

Should you have any further questions please contact our Creative Learning Producer Lucy Nicholls lucy@stanscafe.co.uk. Applications close on Tuesday 31st January.

School’s out (& nearly back).

Monday, August 29th, 2016


Here’s an interesting thing: Saltley Academy students have got their best GCSE results in years and the Headteacher sent us a kind email thanking us for our contribution to this improvement. The thing is we have been working in the school on and off for two years and never directly worked with any of the students whose results have just come through, so why the thanks? How do we muscle in on any glory? Continue reading “School’s out (& nearly back).” »

Junior Commentators

Friday, August 12th, 2016


On Saturday a team of apprentice commentators from the Lyng Media Club take to the streets of West Bromwich as part of the Sandwell Arts Festival. A team of twelve young people aged between 5 and 12 will be on the streets between 12:00 – 15:00 reporting on all the goings on in the town centre during festival time.
Continue reading “Junior Commentators” »

CETT Puppets

Friday, March 11th, 2016


What greater privilege can there be that helping to teach the teachers?

On Wednesday I teamed up with Jim “Art Games” Morris for our final engagement with this year’s cohort of trainees from Central England Teacher Training. Their course started back in early September with A City Adventure and we met up again in November to put some creative thinking in around their placements in school. Continue reading “CETT Puppets” »

Mayor Meets the Mayor

Thursday, February 4th, 2016


So everything that I said in yesterday’s post would happen has happened. The council house was overrun by teenagers. They all looked very smart in their school uniforms and those whose schools didn’t have uniforms still looked smart. It was a fantastic mix of young people from across the city and although, predictably, things were a little tentative initially people soon started warming up. Continue reading “Mayor Meets the Mayor” »

Trailblazers: In A Visible City

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Photo: Kate Green

So the Trailblazers’ map has been published and today it will be presented by 2030’s Executive Mayor of Birmingham to the current incumbent The Right Worshipful, The Lord Mayor, Councillor Raymond Hassall. Continue reading “Trailblazers: In A Visible City” »

Dry January (2)

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016


Eyes will be to the skies in Birmingham on 7th and 12th as the last three Trailblazer walks are undertaken. Following heroic tales told of St. George’s Steps, Birmingham City Council commissioned us to make a project with young people about their aspirations and their city. Our response is Trailblazers: In A Visible City. Continue reading “Dry January (2)” »

The Adventures of Alex

Sunday, September 27th, 2015


It has taken a great deal of editing and debugging but finally we think that the world is ready to read about The Adventures of Alex.

Last year, in the summer term, Kerry Murdock and I spent a series of eight Fridays at Victoria Park Academy with their sixty Year 5 students. Together we worked on a project that combined coding with creative writing. Starting with the idea of ‘cliffhangers’ and inspired by Choose Your Own Adventure stories we plunged into writing a multi-voice multi-strand narrative. Continue reading “The Adventures of Alex” »

School’s In

Friday, September 4th, 2015


Around Birmingham a few schools are back after the summer holidays but for the majority the end of this week has been teacher time with students in for the first time on Monday. We have been limbering up along with the teachers this week as well. Continue reading “School’s In” »

Slot Together Stage

Friday, August 14th, 2015


Today we had to visit Stratford-on-Avon in the rain for a photoshoot and this gave us an opportunity to visit a new friend.

Through the last year we have been working with Year 5 at Billeley Primary School on the design and and build of a Slot Together Stage. They undertook some research into theatres and drawn up a brief for what they wanted. Having put the job out to tender they looked over the proposals and chose to work with the brilliant architect Yinka Danmole. Yinka came into school and worked with the group who also took on the Royal Shakespeare Company as a client who were keen to hire the theatre for their Stratford-on-Sea season this summer. Continue reading “Slot Together Stage” »

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