Celebrate Schools Festival

At Theatre31, we believe that every young person should have the opportunity to perform and our Celebrate Schools Festival does just that.

Building on the success of the Celebrate Schools Festival produced by Icon Theatre back in 2002, Theatre31 will bring together schools in the local area to perform in a large-scale performance for families and friends to enjoy.

We will work with individual schools on specific tailor-made projects, showcasing the schools work created in this one celebratory performance.

Not only will this build connections and relationships creatively neighbouring education partners within Medway and Sheppey, it will allow young people to take to the stage and perform! We also hope to meet young set designers, lighting technicians or sound engineers as the shows will require a full production team. There are lots of ways to get involved!

Theatre31 will engage a professional team to run the event who will work side by side the young people, whether they be performers or technical individuals, in creating this high production show.

Sheppey Shanties
2020 Festival in Sheppey this summer 

Exciting new arts project for coming out of lockdown!

Sheppey Shanties is an exciting new project for four Sheppey Primary schools to work with Paper Balloon Theatre and their company of professional artists to create an original Sea Shanty music video, featuring performances by year 6 pupils.

Over the course of several fun and exciting workshops in the summer term, up to 30 pupils per school will co-write an original Sea Shanty with award-winning composer Darren Clark, engaging with Sheppey’s maritime heritage.

The pupils will also devise an accompanying movement piece; featuring either physical theatre and puppetry, or contemporary dance, facilitated by Paper Balloon’s experienced directors and choreographers. The song and accompanying performances will be recorded and filmed by the Paper Balloon team, and turned into an original, bespoke music video that champions and celebrates the young people’s creativity and ideas.

The project explores ways to celebrate youth-led creativity through music and drama during a difficult and uncertain time. The delivery team will retain a flexible approach to reaching schools, whether working in-person, remotely, or through blended delivery.

How to apply

Theatre31 and Paper Balloon with the support of the Sheppey Creative Schools Network are looking for four primary schools in Sheppey to take part in this amazing project.  Expressions of interest will be met on a first come first served basis.
Deadline 5pm, Friday 26 April.

Register your expression of interest