acta has managed to engage some of our children who would not usually take part in extra curricular activities and their way of working has had a really positive effect.. We have been able to see the extra confidence and assertiveness that a couple of the children in particular, have developed… Her class teacher has noticed her improved speaking and listening in year 6; her have a go attitude and confidence in her self, leaves us at the school confident that she will cope better with transition into secondary school directly because of her experience over the years at acta.
James Barlow, Avonmouth Primary School.
Our drama is really rocking now, since your training!
Sarah Laws, Deputy Headteacher, Glenfrome Primary School
We are always keen to hear from Bristol schools interested in working with us. We deliver training for teachers to encourage them to use drama and theatre in their teaching as much as possible.
Schools are amongst our most valuable partners, and we work together whenever possible, to encourage children & young people to take part in acta workshops, to create their own original shows and to enjoy touring community theatre.
In Autumn 2019, our Malcolm X Elders Theatre Co toured their show, We Have Overcome, to local Bristol primary and secondary schools with Q&As after each performance, and they are planning to tour their next show similarly. We are often researching new tours, so please let us know if you would be interested in us touring to your school?
Our current programme is working in partnership with the following schools:
- South Street Primary & Compass Point Children Centre
- Oasis Bank Leaze, Lawrence Weston
- Hannah More Primary
- Glenfrome Primary
- Stoke Park Primary, Lockleaze
- Filton Avenue Primary
- Upper Horfield Primary
Our Lockleaze Kids project, supported by BBC Children in Need, works in partnership with North Bristol primary schools to offer intensive theatre projects in the school holidays, and we also deliver drama & theatre as part of the curriculum in some schools. If you would like acta to come and do a play in a day at your school please let us know?
We rely on schools across the City to refer young people to acta youth theatres. In particular, our young carers’ youth theatre is looking for new young people to join the Thursday evening workshops and holiday activities (transport provided).
More acta youth theatres will be starting September for vulnerable young people 10 – 18 yrs, and we will be looking for referrals from schools across Bristol.