Theatre in Education

It was a pleasure to be able to welcome Saltmine Theatre Company to Greenfield again yesterday. Every year Saltmine Theatre Company work with 21 Local Education Authorities, performing in more than 270 schools to over 54,000 students across The British Isles. They use inventive story-telling theatre and interactive workshops to help children learn about important issues and in turn help them to make wise choices that will impact the rest of their lives.

Saltmine have tackled the themes of internet safety and bullying on previous visits to Greenfield. This year, their production ‘In Their Shoes’ celebrated and promoted unity in diversity and sensitively explored issues around British values and how to be a good neighbour. The Home Office has approved part-funding of the show to bring this production into 25 Dudley Borough primary schools. The play was about ‘The Spots’ and ‘The Stripes’, who have always hated one another for no real reason other than that they are different. The performance for all our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children was followed by practical workshops for Year 3 and Year 4, looking at what can be achieved when different people come together and use their abilities for the same goal. Gracie in Year 6 summed up the show: ‘It was excellent because it had a really good moral to it; even if you are different, you can still get along. I thought the actors really engaged the audience with their enthusiasm and were so energetic in the way they moved around on stage.’