Click Clever (2013 - Present)
In partnership with KCOM Click Clever is an e-safety learning initiative aimed at KS2 pupils. Developed and written by Gerald Fox, Click Clever addresses key issues of cyber bullying and staying safe online in the world of social media. Click clever has been touring Hull and the East Riding for the past 3 years and has visited over 90 schools in this time.
In 2015 we updated Click Clever with two new stories covering different aspects of the internet in Click Clever 2 we deliver a workshop alongside two short plays. In Click Clever we use forum theatre to allow the audience to at the play to revisit important scenes within the play. This allows the pupils to stop the action when they see the characters making a wrong decision. We then invite up members of the audience to come up to the replay the scene and correct the mistakes made.
We also had the privilege to perform Click Clever 2 on a public platform at the CBBC Digital Festival in 2015 in front of children and parents.
Clck Clever Tales (2016 - Present )
Click Clever Tales is a ‘Spin Off’ from our highly successful project Click Clever. The project to is written to give children a first introduction to internet safety for 5 and 6 year olds called Click Clever Tales. Our aim is to show them the correct way of using the internet and give them an insight into the dangers they may face online and also in their everyday lives.
This interactive project is performed using puppets that tell simple fairy tales that have been rewritten to include important safety messages that the audience can relate to and understand.
The main areas we tell the children about in this project are.
1 – Being nice to people
2 – Personal Information is private
3 – People you don’t know are strangers – they are not always who they say they are
4 – Tell a grown up if you are worried
We first toured this project in September 2015 with excellent feedback from the 11 schools we visited.
Colours of Music (2011 – Present )
In 2011 Spin Off Productions in conjunction with Hull City Council Arts Department started a project with the four special schools in Hull. The pupils from Frederick Holmes, Ganton, Northcott and Tweendykes schools have been included in the concert with excellent performances each year.
This ongoing project allows the children to perform in a public performance once a year. The concerts have been performed so far are the following:
2017 – Colours to Freedom – The orchestra looked at their own thoughts of freedom. The schools wrote poems exploring their feelings of freedom which were brought to life using soundscapes and looped music
2016 – Flying to Freedom – The orchestra took a journey that followed Amy Johnson famous flight from the UK to Australia
2015 – Maui Tames The Sun – The orchestra worked with the traditional Mauri folktale. Once again we used the Gamelan, Shadow Puppetry and soundscapes to tell the story.
2014 – A Fishy Tale – Working with local Folk duo the Hut People the orchestra work on sea shanties and looked at the fishing Heritage of Hull.
2013 – Too Too Moo and the Giant – The orchestra brought the traditional Javanese tale to life using puppetry, the Gamelan and soundscapes
2012 – The Olympics – The Orchestra celebrated to London 2012 Olympics with the children depicted the various Olympic sports in music and movement.
2011 – Colours of Music - The colour of music project project started with a one off concert. The pupils at each school chose a colour and depicted it through movement and music. It was during the concert that we realised how musical the children were and so we decided to take the idea forward and form an orchestra. The pupils and teachers were asked to name the orchestra and they chose The Colours Of Music
With 6 concerts performed the Colours of Music are planning to go forward in 2017 and be a part of Hull City of Culture celebrations.
Once Upon a Story (2015 - 2016)
Once Upon a Story was a fun project designed to get parents and young children to discover their creative side at Hull Central Library. This project was funded by the National Lottery: Awards For All scheme.
The sessions promoted learning about art, music and storytelling. Our creative artist Jess Aylen, was at hand to help the families make props. David Barton, a professional musician created music and rhymes and taught the families about the principles of composing a piece of music. Jack Fielding, a professional actor explored with the families how to bring a story to life in a play. At the end of the session, the families gathered together to perform the play ‘A Christmas Carol’.
We also did a project with Bacon Garth School in Cottingham working on the book ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ which was created to encourage young people to start to read as a fun activity and not just for learning.
Child of War - (2015 - 2016)
A Child of War was commissioned as part of the Untold Stories Hull Project funded by Hull City Council Library and Roots & Wings.
The project tells the untold story of Jean Willerton and her evacuation from war torn Hull during the Second World War. The story has original and popular music of the period.
The story covers Jean’s three evacuations and her experiences as a Child of War. We have also been performing in schools in Hull.
Summer Reading Challenge (2010-2014)
Spin off productions were commissioned by the Hull City Council Libraries service between 2011 and 2014 to promote the Summer Reading Challenge. The reading challenge was devised by the Reading Agency to promote summertime reading for children.
Over the five years we created dramatic performance around the theme of the Summer Reading Challenge. In the four years we promoted the Summer Reading Challenge there was a year on year increase in participants who took part in the challenge. The Themes over the years we promoted were:
Mythical Maze – 2014
Creepy House - 2013
Story Lab -2012
Circus Stars – 2011
Space Hop – 2010
Tin Soldier (2012)
The performance, which was sponsored by the Art Council, was to produce a bespoke version of the Tin Soldier by Hans Christian Anderson to specifically appeal to children with special needs. This involved designing a set and props that will allow special needs children to interact, join in, and overcome their learning difficulties by arousing their interest. The play toured Yorkshire and parts of Lincolnshire.