Project Description

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

Young Producers Case Study

Throughout the Young Producers project, independent evaluator Kate Organ was commissioned to observe, document and evaluate the processes of collaboration between artists, school pupils and their teachers.

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YOUNG PRODUCERS

A LITTLE EARTHQUAKE PROJECT

in partnership with
BLACK COUNTRY TOURING

and
Penn Hall School
Queen Victoria Primary School
St. Gregory’s Catholic Primary School
St. John’s CE Primary School
and Uplands Manor Primary School

The Young Producers Project &
The Boy Who Became A Beetle was funded by
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND

With support from
ARTS CONNECT WEST MIDLANDS
& THE ARENA THEATRE WOLVERHAMPTON

The Boy Who Became A Beetle & Young Producer Supporters

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 finished production, The Boy Who Became A Beetle, embarked on its first tour in Summer 2015, with public performances in each of the partner schools and in a range of venues across the Midlands.

Each Young Producer group (in Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley) was heavily involved in making collective choices about every aspect of the new production.

Between them, the Young Producers selected which show was developed from three ideas. They helped to recruit the performers and creative team. They worked with these professional artists and contributed to the story, script, music and design. They developed their own promotional campaigns with marketing professionals.

The very first performance of The Boy Who Became A Beetle premiered at a special gala performance for our Young Producers, complete with red carpet, photographers, VIP passes, and cupcakes.

Finally, they took charge of marketing, box office, front-of-house, and stage management when the production visited their schools during the tour.

FOR THE YOUNG PRODUCERS PROJECT

Project Leaders | Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman
Black Country Touring’s Young Promoter Co-ordinator | Natalie Kidman
Independent Evaluator | Kate Organ

FOR LITTLE EARTHQUAKE

Co-Directors | Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman
Advisory Producer | Louisa Davies

THE YOUNG PRODUCER GROUPS

Penn Hall School (Wolverhampton)
Headteacher: David Parry
Group leaders: Sarah Wilkinson and Stuart Morgan, with Dina Freeman, Viv Skidmore and Sue Taylor
Young Producers: Cameron Birch; Alex Brown; Ashleigh Green; Miloslav Holub; Lydia Jackson; Cameron Janagal; Ali Khan; Kaif Khan; Kara O’Connor; William Spencer

Queen Victoria Primary School (Dudley)
Headteacher: Wendy Rawlinson
Group leader: Kirsty Walker
Young Producers: Callum Archer; Alivea Bennett; Chloe Berry; Louise Broadley; Sally-Anne Clarke; Leah Clayton; Alfie Cole; Ben Cooper; Gemini Dennis; Carly-Leigh Harris; Isabella Hinton; Jarad Horton; Cory Howe; Rajwinder Kaur; Joseph Lowke; Callum Mason; Alarna Mehmi; Jake Morgan; Paris Narroway; Tyrell O’Sullivan; Keeley-Mai Price; Harriet Robinson; Unique Roy; Marni Simmonds; Asa Southall; Caitlin Taylor-Moloney; Joseph Turner; Callum Webb; Lily Worton; Jake Wright

St. Gregory’s Catholic Primary School (Sandwell)
Headteacher: Krystyna Bickley
Group leader: Simon Kettle
Young Producers: Andre Alicias; Sanjeo Benny; Matthew Brookes; Aidan Halliday; Elizabeth Healy; Alicia Kurasinska; Erin Lewis; Elise Malone; Jessica Marsh; Dylan Phillips

St. John’s CE Primary School (Walsall)
Headteacher: Andrew Mills
Group leader: Jane Perks
Young Producers: Benjamin Allsopp; Alex Baldwin; Luke Barber-Powis; Taylor Barley; Christian Burbridge; Eleanor Causier; Joshua Clarke; Kiera Cooper; Cian Daniel; Leon Edwards; Callum English; Ilisha Evans; Lewis Fletcher; Marshall Grainger; Jack Heath; Dylan Heydon-Matterface; Harriet Newell; Jack Robinson-Parr; Matthew Salt; Abigail Shutts; Chloe Smith; Millie Stringer; Nelo Sylvester; William Tutt; Clegg Wilkinson

Uplands Manor Primary School (Sandwell)
Headteacher: Paul Moore
Group leaders: Dawn Jordan with Jayne Davies
Young Producers: Aleena Ahmed; Joshua Armstrong; Hafsa Asad; Taite Brooks; Yasmin Giles; Jamie-Leigh Heaven; Telvin Jackson; Malayka Kouser; Kate Lloyd; Lilly Lomax; Charlie Melody; Sean Pearce; Saifullah Rana; Adam Rowley; Paige Smart; Alannah St Prix

Little Earthquake would like to thank the following people and organisations, without whom this project would not have been possible:

Steve Johnstone, Frances Land, Natalie Kidman, Deb Justice, Sarah Watton, Dawinder Bansal and the board at Black Country Touring; Neil Reading, Andrew Jemmett, Sam Fleming and the team at the Arena Theatre; everyone at the Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton (Walsall Campus); Rob Elkington and all at Arts Connect West Midlands; Nikki Ralston and Jill Brown at Arts Council England; Julie McKirdy and Fran Ellis at Thimblemill Library; Brian Bishop and all at Warwick Arts Centre; Tim Hodgson and all at mac, Birmingham; Justine Ranson, John Cocker and all at Telford Culture Zone; James Yarker, Craig Stephens and all at Stan’s Cafe; Jack Trow, Samantha Fox and Sarah Hamilton Baker for their invaluable workshop contribution; Robin Stephens for being the face of the trailer beetle; Nicholas Nicholls and Patterns Derby for saving the day, again; Barbara Nicholls for the gala premiere cakes; Val and David Holyman for masses of things, as always; Richard Smith and all at Tuckey Print; Annie Brewer at Jerwood Space; Flints Theatrical Chandlers; Sue Gormley, former headteacher of Uplands Manor Primary School; Rupert Phelps; Michael Addison; Colm O’Brien; Geoff Foster & Daughter — and last but not least… our magnificent Young Producers, without whom there would be no show!

CURTAIN RAISER FILM

Each performance of The Boy Who Became A Beetle was introduced by a group of our Young Producers in this short curtain raiser film.

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