School Partnerships

School Partnerships

Friday, 19 July, 2013

Touring Consortium Theatre Company are making local schools their partners!

The Touring Consortium Theatre Company (TCTC) have introduced an exciting new initiative as part of their three year strategic touring programme.

Touring Consortium Theatre Company are making local schools their partners!

The Touring Consortium Theatre Company (TCTC) have introduced an exciting new initiative as part of their three year strategic touring programme.

Working alongside the venues and Pilot Theatre Company, TCTC have encouraged schools from the areas local to the touring venues to join the programme as a partner ensuring they receive a much greater insight into the world of touring theatre.

Schools will benefit from heavily discounted tickets, bespoke workshops, unique access to behind the scenes footage during rehearsals as well as abundant online educational resources including interviews with directors, writers and designers. There will also be opportunities for students to perform on their local theatre’s stage!

“The scheme offers so much - the chance to see five great quality productions, the workshops, the opportunity for our students to perform on The Everyman stage, and so on. It seemed like too good an opportunity to miss out on. Having seen TCTC productions in the past (I saw The Railway Children at Waterloo Station - fabulous!) it was a fantastic opportunity to forge links with a really good quality production company”
Jenny Cameron, Head of Performing Arts, Millbrook Academy.

TCTC hope that the three-year scheme will encourage young, independent theatregoers and ultimately help to build and develop drama audiences for regional venues.

“We have undertaken trips to the Orchard Theatre in the past to support student learning and hope that the partnership deal will lead to our students enjoying many more performances there in the years to come. We want our students to see that all theatres are accessible and an integral part of cultural life in this country and going to the Orchard Theatre on a regular basis will build a sense of tradition in this respect.”
Steve Mount, Director of Performing Arts, Rainham Mark Grammar School.

Partnership schools have been selected from each area due to its geographical location, BME demographic and within current areas of low engagement to ensure young people who may never have visited the theatre before are given access to this unique opportunity.

What with all the recent financial cuts to both education and the arts, TCTC were concerned at the level of fiscal commitment a school would be able to agree to. However, the vast majority of schools felt the scheme was such good value for money that they readily signed up to the scheme.

“Our Head teacher, Jan Scott, was at the initial meeting at The Everyman, and she was keen to be involved. She approached the governors, and they were very happy to fund the project. We felt that it offered very good value for money.”
Jenny Cameron, Millbrook Academy.

TCTC are thrilled to have so many schools on board the scheme and are already busy preparing for the workshops and online resources for their first production 'To Sir, With Love'

“The partnership deal is incredibly exciting for both students and teachers! As well as looking forward to seeing a range of productions over the three years, we feel that the workshops being made available - both in school and at the theatre - will really help develop students' understanding when it comes to bringing texts to life and realising artistic vision on the stage. Working alongside actors and directors will be great for our students as well as provide career development opportunities for teaching staff and the on-line Theatre Cloud fits well into the way that technologies are increasingly forming part of everyday teaching and learning. Most important of all is simply to get students into the theatre so that they can feel a part of and witness the power, impact and artistic influence that live theatre can truly have.”
Steve Mount, Rainham Mark Grammar School.