From October 23 to December 23, I am working at a primary school with young children aged 6-8 years old. We are meeting eight times, for one to three hours, to dive into theatre, play and climate change education. Our goal is to present our learnings with a little performance at the school’s festivities right before Christmas. Greenpeace Kassel has visited us already and we explored animals of the sea as well as the plastic within. A giant sea lion would give the children a big figure of identification as well as a cuddle partner!
The basis for the work in the upcoming weeks will be The Hummingbirds Ululation as well as the children book Amara and the Bats by Emma Reynolds. The Polar Bears is planned to be a flashmob for the children and staff at school performed by me and my team partner Clara. As the children are very young, we are curious what kind of performance will unfold within the little time we have with the them. At the monthly festivity at school, where all the families of the whole school are invited, we are going to be part of the presentation line in the school’s gym. We might use The Hummingbirds Ululation as an entry into the subject, while The Polar Bears will be performed at the presentation by Clara and me.
Amara and the Bats by Emma Reynolds will be the basis for the children’s presentation as I have recently done a theatre project based on the book and experienced it as a great access for the children introducing the subject of climate change action and animal protection.
It’s a big mixture of different authors that will inspire our work with the children and I am happy to share it with you. Hopefully, we will be able to continue our work next year as a long term-project. We are also going to watch a theatre play with the kids (Pippi Langstrumpf) in December and create our own bat masks with garbage and trash (Josy). So exciting!
Charlotte Braun (Theatre & Yoga for Kids and Families)
Clara Steube (Theatre & Social Education)
Joséphine Vigier (Artist)
Studio Lev Kassel (Queer Theatre Company for young and old)
ASSITEJ – Wege ins Theater