PARTICIPATE: LEARN, TRAIN & COLLABORATE

Participation lies at the heart of what we do and we strongly believe that inclusive participation at all levels can empower people’s lives. Through these projects we also learn most about our own work, the way we make it, and who we make it for.

Little Earthquake is building an incredible reputation for its education, training and outreach programme. Through workshops, residencies, bespoke projects and performances, we offer opportunities to work with audiences, schools, colleges, universities, teachers, organisations, professional artists, and the next generation of theatre-makers.

FEATURED PROJECTS

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YOUNG PRODUCERS

Over the 2014-2015 academic year, 100 pupils in five Black Country primary schools became Young Producers, working with Little Earthquake and Black Country Touring to commission and create a brand-new piece of theatre for family audiences.

The Young Producers were involved in every element of the theatre-making process: from choosing the show idea and developing the story, through to recruiting the cast and creative team, and contributing ideas for the design and music. The show created was The Boy Who Became A Beetle, and each Young Producer group was responsible for hosting and promoting a performance at their own school as part of its initial tour.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

We work with undergraduate students across several degree courses. We’re visiting directors on final year Production Modules (including The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and the upcoming The Good Sisters) and have run workshops on Contemporary Practice.

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THE READING AGENCY

We created Terror In The Treetop for The Reading Agency’s Creepy House Summer Reading Challenge, working in partnership with Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton Library Services. Terror In The Treetop was a series of fun, friendly and involving storytelling, activity and drama session which brought scary stories to life through gentle participation. Aimed at ages 4+.

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BIRMINGHAM SCHOOL OF ACTING

We work with undergraduate and post-graduate students across several degree courses working with acting, stage management and applied performance students.

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THE THREE-WEEK WINDOW FESTIVAL

Little Earthquake, together with Tin Box, curated the Three Week Window Festival, right in the heart of Birmingham’s bustling city centre. Every day for 21 consecutive days, a new artist or company took over an enormous shop window to present an array of work designed to intrigue, attract and engage thousands of passers-by.

The Festival featured both emerging and more established artists — working in the fields of theatre, dance, music, photography and visual art — and alongside the Birmingham contingent, they hailed from as far afield as Manchester, Lancaster, Sheffield… and even Brazil. Three weeks. One window. And limitless possibilities.