By Serena Lola
The Bounce Theatre Summer School was set up by the Big Local and Bounce Theatre to allow up to 75 children to do something creative and innovative for 4 weeks this summer holidays. The idea behind it all was to give young people a space where they can express themselves through creativity in a safe, friendly and nurturing environment whilst learning new and amazing skills but also having fun at the same time with new found friends.
"The trips were amazing!”
It’s also clear that they’ve had a lot of fun during their time here. Saani, 7yrs old, said: “I like the art, filming, fun and creativity, I just love it” and the same goes for the other children who said it was really fun and enjoyable.
In addition they had some exciting visits from people who helped with the performance such as Emma who did drama workshops and Andrea who created and helped with the art of the production. This was all done to encourage children to try something new and be allowed to have creative freedom but also have a good time whilst doing it and through this summer school that has been achieved.
The project was led by Rachel Doherty (centre) and Daniel Ramsden (right) at Bounce Theatre.
“I like the art, filming, fun and creativity, I just love it."
Finally, it was not only the children who enjoyed this experience but out Big Local volunteers as well as they enjoyed helping the kids and just having fun with something that got them out the house during the holidays.
THE FINAL PRODUCTION:
When I first arrived I was amazed at how a simple classroom had been turned into a market place which was full of colour and life and it was also nice to see how all the children were involved in running their own market stalls which ranged from decorating bowls to fortune telling. What made this even better was we got to get involved by writing our positive messages and making things, which was pretty fun.
Once again the room had been transformed and we were in the middle of the action, it was like we were apart of the story. The acting of the children was also amazing as you could see how much time and effort they had put into the whole thing and in the end was quite spectacular I particularly enjoyed the witch who was very scary and demanding. We not only saw the live play but we also got to watch a mini film they had produced throughout the summer school and it clearly showed all the new skills they had learnt and just showed how talented they are.
Finally we were then led back through the forest and into another room, which was transformed, into the witches house, it looked spectacular with an oven in the middle and covered in giant sweets and candy. The play continued and was really exciting as I was standing in the middle of all of it as Hansel and Gretel escaped and the witches were made good, it was a great ending to an amazing performance and I thought it was so good that I watched it again the second time.
They had done a magnificent job with everything and it was hard to believe that they only had 4 weeks it seemed like a full on west end production, it was quite impressive. Overall the final production was outstanding and many parents there agreed who thought it ‘was really good’ and ‘was something fun they could do in the holidays.’ It is something that is great to be involved in and will keep you busy in the boring old holidays.
Members from our Big Local Youth Action Team gained amazing work experience during the Summer School programme with (left to right) Harpreet Kaur, Megha Dahdrai, Anajli Kumar, Juhi Kumra and Abbie McFerran.