The Blahs came into my primary school with a play called Silas Marner. I absolutely loved it. I was a really shy and reserved child. When they came in to school I was enthralled with it and started doing drama wherever I could and eventually I did my degree in drama. I'm now teaching and I use drama to inspire my own approaches to teaching.
When I was listening to the story, my mind was just hooked and I was not paying attention to anything else, just the story.
Another excellent performance which was thoroughly enjoyed by all…I can honestly say that every student was captivated by the performance (of Messerschmitt Vs Spitfire). I think the highest accolade is when the students realised it was the same company that produced 'Raft' there was a Chorus of ‘Yesss!’
I have nothing bad to say about the Blahs. I have them to thank for kicking off my career as a playwright. In their early days, and my early days, I wrote a series of plays for them which I still count among the best work I’ve ever done, despite the awards I went on to win and all the interesting commissions that came along, both in the UK and overseas. It all began with the Blahs.
You have inspired us to try out some of your strategies in the classroom: role play, reflection, freeze-frame, showing emotions by expressions and actions to name a few. The children have produced some great work based on the story and the whole project has provided an excellent stimulus for their literacy lessons.
I was moved by the immersive, experiential learning from the “Max” workshop – lots of impact for managing behaviours and SEAL programmes.
It was really inspiring how the children responded being transported to another place through their imagination and great to see the level of interaction the team were able to generate, by apparently simple, but really well thought through and powerful processes.
I am so grateful for the contribution Blahs have made to Literacy standards and children’s emotional well being in our school. The examples of impact are continually evident throughout school. Teachers say that it is the best inset they have ever had. I am looking forwards to continuing working with Blahs every year, developing our exciting plans together.
The children don't drive or decide the action as such, they do, however, get to imagine just what it's like to be there in the story. This technique sounds simple but it is deftly handled and its impact on the children and young people is profound and cannot be underestimated. Taking time to explore and encourage response is very rare and very refreshing. I am proud to be associated with the Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah.
One of the most creative and caring companies I have worked with, a real passion for story telling and an excellent understanding of how to engage young people.