Making friends at the Puppet Olympics!


Beatboxing Workshop

Mitcham Library Beatboxing Workshop

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Easter already feels like a long time ago but before eating too much chocolate we had a fab week with nearly 70 brilliant young people aged 12 – 16 and 5 different professional theatre practitioners creating great stuff in Mitcham Library’s Merton Arts Space!

Beatboxing, stage combat, puppetry, theatre design and of course drama! Each of the workshops was fully booked with a waiting list and from our post-workshop feedback forms sent to parents, 64% of respondents said their child had never taken part in arts activities before, and over 70% said their child gained new friends, new skills, more confidence and a desire to take part in more arts activities in the future. In fact, 100% said they would like to take part in the future so I think we can say the workshops were a resounding success!

Theatre Design Workshop

Theatre Design Workshop at Mitcham Library

90% of the young people gave a 5/5 rating to the set design workshop. One commented that: “My favourite part was when we made our own rainforests since we were able to explore our imagination and creativity”. While in puppetry everyone rated it either 4/5 or 5/5! They enjoyed “making the puppets and making new friends” – with a particular favourite part being “using the wooden poles to create puppets” to compete in a “puppet Olympics”!

And we loved hearing that two boys enjoyed the beatboxing and stage combat workshops so much that they practised all the way home on the bus and now every time they meet up!

Hugest thanks to the Santander Foundation for funding this project through their Discovery Grant!

And thanks to Mitcham Library Merton Arts Space for having us. Here’s to the next one!!

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