Lunabug Theatre’s outreach work gives new groups an opportunity to see magical and original theatre and take part in unique theatre workshops.

Our workshops are inclusive, active and energetic.  Our approach is structured and adapted to the needs of the participants. We work to create a safe environment where participants can explore their own creativity in order to unlock the imagination and release a sense of play.

Current project: Working with Young People Experiencing Bereavement

The Dreams of Philomina is a charming and heart warming family show which has been greatly enjoyed by audiences. The show also gently explores the themes of love and loss. Through our on-going work with St Gemma’s Hospice we have developed our understanding of how the show and connected workshops can help young people who are experiencing bereavement.

We are currently working on a joint project between Lunabug Theatre and performance artist Ellie Harrison (creator of Grief Series http://griefseries.co.uk/) . It brings together The Dreams of Philomina and Ellie’s show The Etiquette of Grief with accompanying workshops for children and young people who are experiencing bereavement, and their families.  Over the course of a day young people taking part experience a high quality performance, then take part in fun creative workshops drawing on the ideas and issues raised in the show.

Past project: Greentop Circus Centre’s Sheffield Youth Circus

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During our 2011 tour of The Dreams of Philomina  we teamed up with Greentop Circus Centre to teach their Sheffield Youth Circus. Teaching workshops to develop performance skills, we worked with four groups from age 7 years to 16 years. Together we played games and exercises drawn from the obstacles and magical objects that Philomina encounters on her journey.

‘You lead it really well, it was great to see the older ones helping the younger ones. Thank you!’
Mr Dan, Circus Tutor, Greentop Youth Circus, Sheffield

Past project: Carleton Community High School

We performed The Dreams of Philomina to all year 8 students at Carleton Community High School. We then taught performance skills workshops. We explored ensemble theatre exercises, mime and basic puppetry skills.

‘Excellent – A thoroughly enjoyable day! ‘
Lynda Ross, Head of Drama, Carleton Community High School

We asked the participants from Year 8, ‘What did you learn from your Lunabug Theatre workshop?’

‘…that even if people are watching, don’t be scared.’

‘…how to be more dynamic and strong with my movement.’

‘…how to mime well and use tension in my body.’

‘…to listen to other performers.’

‘…to do some different drama skills.’

‘…to make a puppet real.’

‘…how to use every day objects to create puppets.’

Past project: St Gemma’s Hospice

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We spent a day with children and young people who are experiencing bereavement from St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds. In the morning we performed The Dreams of Philomina for the young people and their families. In the afternoon we ran fun and inclusive workshops to help the young people get to know one another and to sensitively explore the themes of love and loss in the show.

‘A great day to bring together families who are experiencing bereavement.’ Dan, St Gemma’s Hospice

‘I learnt to have fun and be brave.’ Participant, Age 7, St Gemma’s Hospice