We have developed a method of engaging very young children in the performing arts, enabling them to actively enjoy and participate in shows by involving them from the start. This project is to work with groups of young children from low socio-economic areas of Salford and Greater Manchester in the research and development of our next touring performance called Cloud Child.
We use a child-centred approach in our work for children, actively engaging their sense of wonder at the world and creating magic with their emotional literacy promoting a positive self-image and creative confidence to carry them through life. Research shows that early creative engagement delivers a host of benefits to the child’s development. Cloud Child - a tale of a little lost cloud who is befriended by performer and children - seeks to encourage the children to develop social skills and engage with nature as well as curiosity, inquisitiveness and creative arts.
With 20 years of experience in making theatre for early years, Rachel Riggs and Adam Bennett of DNA partner up with The Lowry to research and develop a very special theatre experience for our youngest audiences by actively engaging them in the process.