Ongar arts centre holds primary school workshop

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Pupils listening to 'Maddy and the Invisible Band of Groovers’ Pupils listening to 'Maddy and the Invisible Band of Groovers’

Zinc Arts, a charity based in Chipping Ongar, organised a workshop with pupils from a primary school in Waltham Forest to perform a new theatre production.

The charity, which specialises in disability arts, had invited a visually impaired theatre maker Alex Bulmer, for a week long residency at the centre.

The artist worked with children of Joseph Clarke School to develop her children's play, ‘Maddy and the Invisible Band of Groovers’, using performers and puppeteers.

Six blind and partially sighted children from the school had the opportunity to make sensory props and record soundscapes using their own voices for the production which was performed on Friday 4th April. 

Zinc Arts Director, Heather Stradling said: "Pupils from Joseph Clarke School were a great asset to the project. Bringing lots of fun, energy and enthusiasm to the creative workshops, they proved how exciting sensory theatre can be.”

Sam Steinke-Sanderson, Head of Primary at Joseph Clarke School said: "All the children have loved working with Alex and the team. It's not often we have people coming into the school that are visually impaired adults, so Alex is a fantastic role model for the children.”

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