Over 2000 local children brought on ‘untamed adventure’
Over 2,000 Waterford school children were recently brought on an ‘untamed adventure across snowy lands and wild seas’ with the wonderful Theatre Lovett team, experiencing not only top quality theatre from their own classroom, but also a unique opportunity to reflect on what they saw, and then ask the questions that mattered most to them.
Thanks to a partnership with Theatre Lovett and the Begin Together Arts Fund from Bank of Ireland and Business to Arts, primary schools across Waterford city and county were invited to watch a stream of the highly-acclaimed ‘The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly’ – a play recorded live at the Sydney Opera House and seen by children all over the world.
Afterwards, the students took part in a monster Q&A live stream session from our stage with the main character (played by well-known actor Louis Lovett).
Over 2,000 children and their teachers took part in this unique and once-off theatrical experience. Amongst many (MANY!!) other things, they wanted to know :
Why did your parents pack away a piano?
Why did you want the phone to ring?
How old are you?
Do you have a best friend?
Were you scared being all alone?
Was Hildegard a good guy or a bad guy?
Why did Peter have a mouse?
How did Peter get squished?
Where were you going on the boat?
Is Peggy the loudest person on earth?
Does Peggy still have the blue dress?
Filmed live at The Sydney Opera House, Theatre Lovett’s The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly is one of Ireland’s most successful and popular shows for young audiences.
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly was originally commissioned by The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, Ireland and produced by The Ark in association with Theatre Lovett with support from the Arts Council. It was directed by Lynne Parker, one of Ireland’s most celebrated directors (recipient of the Irish Times Special Tribute Award 2009 for her contribution to Irish Theatre), performed by Louis Lovett, Ireland’s most experienced and critically acclaimed actor for young audiences, and written by Finegan Kruckemeyer, one of the most exciting new voices in children’s theatre today.
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