We revisited St Pauls Family centre yesterday with Bristol Old Vic to continue experimenting with outreach session for early years/stay and play.
Repeating the session, with some alterations had a very positive impact. We led a less structured workshop and created play stations around the room to investigate ‘hat making’; ticket stamping; set building; object exploration and then later a stage- with curtain. We kept an element of the ‘storytelling’ – the context of theatre, the olden days and what happened in theatres but allowed much more time, and space to react, allowing the flow and rhythm to be child led.
Our clearest discoveries were that a mixture of:
- historic objects
- loose parts
- physical storyteling
which allowed for
- group play
- individual play
- performance – both by facilitators and children
- intergenerational craft activities (and conversation/new relationships as a result)
- questioning and exploration
Going forward I would like to take this model into public heritage spaces- perhaps the foyer/cafe of Bristol Old Vic after refurbishment.
(pictures to come)