John Ramchandani. School Governor
Winton Primary School. Islington, London.
I watched the warm-up and open dress rehearsal which was run by Laura Berridge. With so many people in attendance it was a credit to see Laura take control and maintain their interest and enthusiasm throughout. When noise levels rose or when the children’s focus began to deviate order was restored very quickly using rhythmic finger clicking/clapping exercises. In a short space of time all attention was back on the rehearsal.
The children seemed to be fond of Laura. She was controlled with a great enthusiasm for the production – and was extremely encouraging of the entire cast, while also highlighting the achievements of certain individuals (e.g. technical crew).
The production had a clear and strong central theme – to be mindful of the environment. The multi-media performance combined video clips and live action and succeeded in making a serious point through the use of comedy and song. There were also pronounced educational aspects of the play (for example, you waste eight pints of water each time the tap is left running while brushing your teeth).
Laura gave feedback to all the children throughout dress rehearsal and they took her comments on board.
Andrew Rigby. Head Teacher
Winton Primary School. Islington, London.
Just wanted to thank you again..... can't tell you how brilliant I think the work that you do is for our school! It means a great deal! And I mean every positive word that I say when I say it!
H. Richards-Jones and S.J Barlow, Class Teachers.
Woodloes Primary School, Warwick
This workshop was a fantastic opportunity to build up the children’s self esteem and confidence. Laura and Dan supported the children superbly enabling them to reach their full potential and leave their fears behind. There was 100% participation and enjoyment.
The best part of the workshop was the fact that the children got to experience professional input and expertise to create a performance they were proud of. This in conjunction with the superb delivery by Laura and Dan who were enthusiastic and skillful leaders.
This project aided both children and the year 6 teachers in speaking and listening, singing, drama and PSHE skills.
Thank you very much for an inspirational workshop; thoroughly enjoyed by all (pupils and adults). The year 6 children will carry many happy memories of this for years to come.
M Hamilton, Class Teacher
Ashleigh C of E Primary School. Barnstaple, Devon.
This workshop enabled our children who are strong at acting to shine and created a good ‘buzz’ amongst everyone. It also gave every child a stronger work ethos and built up their confidence.
The best part of the workshop for me was watching the children performing for their families, where a real sparkle came from every child.
This workshop really fitted in well with our teaching of respect within our school. As well as this it supported our learning skills ethos and open mind-set.
“ Loved it”
“It felt so good performing in front of my mum.”
This was a fantastic experience for all of our children. It was amazing to see them pulling together and responding so positively often out of their comfort zone. How you got them all to the finished performance in such a short amount of time we will never know! Well done!!
D Pile, Class Teacher
Yeo Valley Primary School. Barnstaple, Devon.
We were very impressed to see how much the children’s confidence grew over the course of the workshop, that they were encouraged to contribute their ideas and that teamwork was vital.
The best thing about this workshop was witnessing the enthusiasm and hard work that the children put into their show and the encouragement and high expectations from Laura and Dan.
“We’ve worked really hard and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved.”
“I loved the singing, acting and the comedy.”
It was so fantastic to see the children who are usually shy and unwilling to perform happily and enthusiastically joining in and giving it their all.
Karen Lintin, Class Teacher
Bishops Tawton Primary School. Barnstaple, Devon.
The children benefitted from the workshop mainly with confidence. We noticed that some children who would have worried about performing didn’t have time to get stressed about it. The informal “let’s just give it a go” approach enabled the children to feel relaxed, so achieve their best. It was great that ALL children were involved, but only the children who wanted to try out for a main part had to do so. With the rest working in groups it enabled the shy children to feel ‘safe’ enough to take part.
This project aided our teaching of the national curriculum by offering links to reading and performance as well as a link to British culture through the theme ‘Respect’.
“It was great”
“It was epic”
“We were amazed with ourselves that we could learn it all in two days.”
“We really liked Laura and Dan, they were the best.”
We couldn’t suggest any improvements on the work that you do it was an amazing workshop. We had a fantastic time. The children had an amazing time and didn’t want it to end.
St Thomas of Canterbury Primary School, Salford.
This workshop enabled the children to find their hidden talents, a huge amount of self-belief and enjoyment and it made the end of year something special they will never forget. It was amazing to see previously shy children perform with confidence and ability.
It gave the children an opportunity for music and drama that the school teachers could not have managed as well ourselves.
Thank you Laura and Dan once again for your fabulous work with our Y6 children. The performance was magnificent and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.
I think it is safe to say we will be booking you in again for next year.
Carrie-Ann Miller. Teaching Assistant.
Newington Green Primary School. Newington Green, London.
Last week, our school was transformed into a fully operating theatre!
Gone were teachers, pupils and classrooms - in their place were stage managers, prop makers, costume designers, photographers, documentary makers and a full cast of singers, dancers, acrobats and performers of all talents!
All across the school, children were busy making, photographing, interviewing and rehearsing. The vibe was amazing! Children and adults alike discovered talents they never knew they had and a fantastic time was had by all!
Thank you, Laura and Dan. The children of Newington Green will never forget this incredible week!
Cressida Jupp. School Governor.
Newington Green Primary School. Newington Green, London.
Dear Arts Insight
I'm a governor at Newington Green and came to see the afternoon performance of Cirque du Respect. I enjoyed it so much, and greatly admired the fun the children were obviously having and the vigour they put into the show. I saw from the displays showing each day's work how all the pupils worked in cross age groups, and how hard they all worked! The input from you combined with the enthusiasm of staff and children had drawn everybody together with such an important message - many congratulations!
Letters of thanks from the children in every department:
“Thank you for this amazing experience with art and singing. It has been so much fun making the t-shirts for the whole school.”
“Laura you are like a clown, so funny and loud!”
“Thank you for everything you did for us. We had an excellent time and I really liked it when we were doing the costumes. It was really fun. The songs that you taught us were nice and because of you two we got to meet new people.”
“Thank you Dan and Laura for all your hard work. You are very kind, I wish you could teach us all year.”
“Thank you Laura and Dan, we love that you came to our school, you are an inspiration. You made dreams come true, I can’t thank you anymore. We will miss you.”
“Thank you for all you have done. Both of you were amazing. Both of your singing was absolutely amazing and Dan your piano skills gob smacked me. Overall I had an amazing time with both of you and I am hoping to work with you two again.”
“Thank you for taking us to a magical place – you have made Newington Green into a circus!!”
“Thank you for teaching me the meaning of respect.”
“Laura and Dan you made this school very good and the show is the best show in the whole universe.”
“I would like to thank you for coming to our school and teaching us about respect and giving us the chance to pick the departments we wanted to be in, I chose costumes.”
“This week has affected me so much and that’s why I’m asking if you can stay a bit longer. If you do I will be firmly sure that Newington Green Primary School would improve in: Arts, perseverance, singing and responsibilities.”
“Thank you for teaching us songs and to respect other people how they want to be treated.”
Mrs J Simpkins and Mrs E Snell, Class Teachers
Newburgh Primary School, Warwick.
During this workshop with Arts Insight so many of our children visibly grew in confidence and have developed a more positive attitude to school and learning as a result. The WW1 workshop provided an excellent opportunity for the children to apply their knowledge from their history topic in different, creative ways, drama, writing, singing.
The best thing about the workshop in our opinion was the very high standards and commitment that were expected from every child, all children were treated equally so no child’s additional needs were a barrier to learning.
With the regards to assisting the national curriculum this workshop helped with coverage and assessment of many areas – history, literacy, SMSC. This topic was so much more meaningful to children in this format.
Thank you for an amazing couple of days which helped many of our children to develop in so many ways. We were so proud of the children and thrilled to see so many parents come to watch them. We saw many of the children in a completely different way and it was great to see how hard they all worked and the progress they made in so many areas in just a short amount of time.
Gemma Wood and Claire Wightman. Class Teachers.
SS Peter and Paul Primary School. Dundee. Scotland
The benefits that the children gained from this experience were skills for life – confidence, teamwork, resilience, self-belief, working towards a common goal, accepting critique and acting upon it. Arts Insight gave the children a novel opportunity to apply skills encouraged in the classroom setting. They had so much fun and became less aware of looking ‘silly’. They worked well together being supportive and believing they can achieve their very best.
The best thing about the workshop was that the children were completely engaged in their common goal of putting together the final performance. They showed a real sense of ownership in terms of the final show. The children were completely immersed in the experience, they were all completely engaged and gave it their all.
The project covered various areas of the curriculum not just Expressive Arts – Drama, it touched on many Health and Wellbeing outcomes, both physical and mental. The song and script aspects could be utilised further to address Language and Literacy outcomes.
Quotes from the children:
“I love the warm-ups!” - Hannah
“Brilliant” – Kieran
“I think it’s lot of fun” – Aiden
“I like the songs” – Yasmin
“ I think the dancing and the songs are hilarious” – Dean
“I enjoyed having a really good part and being allowed to speak lots” – Kyhran
“I liked getting lots of feedback” – Erin
The whole project was delivered with great energy and was fabulous fun, an unforgettable experience for the children. We would love you to come back.