About Splats Make a Play days
Started in 2004 as part of The Wind in the Willows West End and National tour. Designed to involve a large amount of students in a full play production in a day. The pupils improve confidence, teamwork, speaking & listening & all are given opportunity to perform on stage in a relaxed & fun environment. Invite parents for a great community event.
Recommended for: Book week,Projects,Teamwork challenge, Speaking and Listening, Fun day, Celebration.
Ages: Nursery to Secondary – See filter on the gallery of days below for age group and type of day.
Amount of pupils: Up to 140 in one day (more on request) max 35 per class.
Availability: All year – UK wide. Advance booking preferred but can help with last minutes plans.
The shows all involve the classic splats elements of circus, physical theatre, music & dance.
How a Make a Play works
A Make a Play day begins with an assembly to introduce the pupils and teachers to the play and the characters they will be playing. This gives our teacher/narrator the opportunity to explain the story and also the tasks ahead for the pupils and the teachers.
The play is split into 4 scenes so the classes need to be in 4 groups. Class size needs to be a maximum of 35 (please let us know if you need more) If you have very small groups it may be worth considering joining them together so they make 2 groups and learn two scenes each- a challenge but double the fun for them. If you only have 3 groups again one class can do two scenes. Usually you will find that you can fit in the Assembly and three lessons in the morning and one more lesson and the show in the afternoon. These lessons can be from 45 minutes to an hour and allow about 30 minutes for the show. The lessons are very well choreographed and planned so it is possible to learn the scene in that time.
After the assembly our teacher will work with the first group on the first scene. The other three groups go back to the classroom with their class teacher and start making the props and scenery as described in our teaching pack which you will receive on booking. These are very simple and not compulsory. These do require paper, card, scissors, string and glue which we do not supply.They then come to the hall to work with our teacher at the allotted time.
At the end of the day all the classes come together to perform the show. The splats teacher acts as narrator which helps to guide the play along and of course acts as a cue for the pupils. Our main tip for the class teachers is to enjoy the process as although it sometimes seems an impossible task for our teacher to make the show happen it always works brilliantly and any slight mistakes or changes that happen can be taken in our stride and actually often add to the fun! We very much recommend inviting parents and any classes not taking part to watch the show as of course it works best with an audience!
For availability please drop us an email with amount of pupils, ages and the best dates for you or phone Mike on 07944 283659 or 0800 0288101 if you would like to chat.
Please drop us a line with the date/s you require and approximate amount of pupils and we will send you a quote by return. We offer discounts on multiple days and you can choose from our selection of Make a Play days and book over a full range of age groups. We have shows that are suitable for the youngest to oldest pupils and most shows can be adapted for all ages.
WHERE DO YOU TRAVEL TO ?
We travel across mainland Britain.
DO YOU NEED ANYTHING ELSE?
We need a sound system and although not essential access to any lighting or staging you have..
HOW MANY OF YOU ARE THERE?
It is always one Splats artist per session of up to 35 pupils. Please talk to us if you have more pupils.
DO WE NEED TO DO ANY PREPARATION BEFORE THE DAY?
All the days are designed to be self contained i.e. you don’t need to do anything before the day. There is a teaching pack where you will have props and masks you can make out of card, paper, paint and glue. You may want to order stock.
WHAT TIME IS THE SHOW?
The show is performed thirty minutes before the end of your day so it can coincide with the finish of the day.
DO YOU NEED THE HALL??
We do need the hall all day except for lunch of course.
HOW MANY MEMBERS OF OUR STAFF DO YOU NEED FOR SUPPORT?
We need the staff ratio that you would normally have plus our Splats teacher. Your staff will be responsible for the pupils tertiary care.
CAN WE PERFORM THE SHOW OURSELVES AGAIN AFTER THE DAY?
Once Splats have created the show with the school on the date given, then the booking school has the right to perform the show twice the same term but must credit verbally, in programs, posters, websites, newspapers, social media, recorded media and all communications that the show is \’Created by Splats Entertainment.\’ At the end of term the copyright reverts to Splats Entertainment and the school will need to apply if they wish to perform the show again. Please speak to Splats office for further advice.
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THANK YOU SO MUCH for a fantastic day!! The children gained so much from the experience while having so much fun at the same time! It waswonderfull to see the childrens’ confidence grow as they took on the various roles. I think we may have discovered some budding thespians! Everyone who watched the show had a brilliant time too. Nick was excellent, holding it all together and inspiring the children with his enthusiasm. I hope he had as much fun as we did!