Aims of the project
To provide a focus and a showcase for the creative projects engaged in by King’s pupils and their counterparts in local schools.
To bring drama, music and art departments at Ricards, the Coombe Schools, St Mark's Academy, Perseid, Cricket Green, Bond primary and King’s together to share best practice.
To share our staff's expertise and our facilities with the local community.
To give our pupils and their counterparts at maintained schools the opportunity to work with a professional theatre director.
The critical factors for success are: the support of all the schools and their staff, trust built up over time, the use of timetabled time every Friday, a gifted and sympathetic director, a storyline that lends itself to different schools contributing their own sections to it. Beneficiaries are the pupils and staff and their parents, who attend the production.
Background and goals
The project grew out of an existing annual showcase for joint creative projects with maintained schools. The catalyst for transforming this into a community production was provided by the employment of a director in residence in 2014.
The production needs the willingness of all the schools to provide timetabled time and staff and the availability of rehearsal spaces and a large enough venue. Both teaching and non-teaching staff (porters, the theatre manager) are involved. All teaching staff are involved every Friday afternoon for two terms and at the dress rehearsal and performance.The school provides a budget which is generously supplemented by our parent-teacher association, known as the Friends of King’s.
All schools have agreed to be involved again this year. Following the performance of 'The Merton Mysteries' in 2015, the Bishop of Southwark wrote: 'The dramatic energy of this magnificent community production was sustained through a colourful array of familiar stories all movingly interpreted to the delight of the audience and the evident enjoyment of scores of pupils participating from local partnership schools.'
Over 120 pupils in Years 3 to 13 were involved annually, including around 45 in Years 10 to 13 at King's.
Frequency and duration
Ongoing, every Friday + extra rehearsal times. This is an annual event in the school calendar.