Ga Ga Theatre

Ga Ga Theatre

At a glance

Causes

  • Arts
  • Children / families

Other details

Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

The advancement of the arts for children 

Our 2019 calendar will be highlighted with/by a new production There’s a Tiger in the garden by LizzyStewart. This book was winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 (Category for illustrated Books). As with all Ga Ga productions, we create high quality and well-resourced production with a talented creative and technical team (each new Ga Ga show engages on average a team of 24 artists/team members).

Ga Ga Theatre creates an accessible theatre experience

Ga Ga Theatre believes that theatre can and should be a regular part of all children’s lives. That is why we bring professional theatre to local family areas including areas of social disadvantage. For our thirteen-week tour, starting January 2019, we plan to return to traditional and non-traditional venues; just some of these will include The Tabernacle in Notting Hill and Hackney Picturehouse. All the venue provide a unique opportunity to "localize" children's theatre in some of the most “family-friendly” and socially mixed areas of London. We will aim to reach an audience of over 10,000 and with our new outreach scheme ‘Binoculars’ will offer over 3000 subsidized tickets to harder to reach schools. These schools will have a large percentage of children receiving pupil premium grants. We will tour the show to 13 special needs schools in London where we will perform the show at a subsidized rate.

• Ga Ga Theatre productions include the integration of live action with music and projections

All our productions integrate live action, original music and projections on the big screen based on illustrations from the book. This brings the book to life in a completely new way, combining modern technology with traditional elements of theatre. Special education needs children’s teachers report the bright colours of the projections combined with the live action on stage hold SEN children’s attention for longer and help develop an enthusiasm for reading beyond the show.

To date Ga Ga Theatre has been able to produce one new show every two years with an average audience reach per tour of just under four thousand. We aim for Ga Ga Theatre to produce one show every year, this being part of a four year plan to increase this number to two shows and one festival per year. We are now in the process of setting up as a Charitable Incorporated Organization so that we can apply for funding from trusts and foundations and expand the amount of shows we produce per year. Our aim is for theseshows to engage more artists and reach larger audiences of children with special needs and who are living in areas of social disadvantage.

 

Activities

To date our criteria to decide whom the organization benefits has been based on the feedback from our previous shows.

Our 2016 Calendar featured the launch of a new show Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave by award winning author Quentin Blake. Touring to both cinema and theatre venues including The Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room), Clapham Picturehouse, Watermans Brentford, Hackney Picturehouse, The Tabernacle Notting Hill Gate, Jackson’s Lane Highgate, Brixton Ritzy and the Chelsea Curzon. This show reached over 3718 (this not including under twos on laps) and we were able to achieve our outreach initiatives by having 371 children at our performances that paid for subsidized £1 tickets. A large percentage of these children are receiving pupil premium grants and have special needs, including autism. There were also many children in our outreach audiences with English as an additional language. We dedicated our Kingston Grammar Theatre performances to this outreach project, which meant we had a limited number of tickets available. There was overwhelming interest and we had to turn away a number of schools that approached us. It was from this experience that we recognized a need to be able to offer the theatre experience to harder to reach schools. During this tour we also travelled to Michael Tippet School (a special needs secondary school for students with severe learning difficulties in South London) where we performed the show at a subsidized rate. The teachers shared with us that the bright colours of the projections combined with the live action on stage hold SEN children’s attention for longer. For children with severe learning difficulties the visit to the theatre would be far too stressful, taking the show to a familiar environment (their school) allows them to have a more relaxed and stimulating theatre experience.

It was from these experiences we developed a new direction for Ga Ga Theatre. Our 2019 calendar will be highlighted with/by a new production ‘There’s a Tiger in the garden’ by Lizzy Stewart. We will aim to reach an audience of over 10,000 and with our new outreach scheme ‘Binoculars’ will offer over 3000 subsidized tickets to harder to reach schools. These schools will have a large percentage of children receiving pupil premium grants. We will tour the show to 13 special needs schools in London where we will perform the show at a subsidized rate.

As part of our post-production work we will have a phone call/meeting with a teacher from each harder to reach school and with a member of staff from each of the 13 special needs schools. It will be from this feedback we will develop our next outreach project. 

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