FOR P4 - P7 PUPILS
Emma & Gill
Emma & Gill tells the story of two friends who are making a theatre show together. The show is supposed to be all about Emma and her experience as an autistic person.
As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Gill doesn’t know as much about Emma or autism as she thinks she does. Gill thinks Emma is a bit sad and tragic. She thinks that Emma is not normal – not like Gill and everyone else. She doesn’t realise that Emma has lots of hidden talents and interests, and that maybe they have more in common than Gill would think.
This new show for schools questions what is “normal” and why being different is to be celebrated.
Emma & Gillis a co-production between Catherine Wheels and Lung Ha theatre companies. Catherine Wheels creates theatre performances for children & young people, and Lung Ha Theatre Company are one of the leading theatre companies for people with learning disabilities in Scotland.
The show features Emma McCaffrey who has performed with Lung Ha Theatre Company since 2013 and was diagnosed with autism when she was 11, and Gill Robertson the artistic director of Catherine Wheels.
Audience size: 100
Running time: 50 mins
Space required: clear school hall, 8m x 12m with 3.5m height. Black out not required
Cost: £375 + VAT one performance / £500 + VAT two performances
(touring to mainland Scotland only)
For dates please contact: TISS@imaginate.org.uk
INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS
Teachers and children will enjoy the performance without prior knowledge of the story but the information packs below help teachers prepare and link to classroom plans.
For two short films to show your class to prepare your class for a theatre experience in the school hall, one for you and one to show them, please see the RESOURCES section of our website.
."WHAT TEACHERS SAY ABOUT CATHERINE WHEELS
"You provided a wonderful live experience which captivated minds of all ages. I will certainly be recommending your company to other schools as it was the best production that we have watched in a long time. Thank you!"
"Having seen a lot of theatre companies, both as a mum and a teacher, I think Catherine Wheels is consistently the best in terms of being relevant and appealing to its audience."
"We are always extremely excited when Catherine Wheels theatre comes to our school. We always get a professional performance loved by our children and staff. We are so lucky that our pupils can experience live expressive theatre and they always respond and react enthusiastically. Thank you!"
"In the last few weeks I have made reference to [your show] countless times when sorting out playground issues or ‘conflict’ in relationships between peers. It has brought an immediate point of reference and shared understanding to the situation and enabled children to be more patient and willing to see the other person’s point of view. This performance was a great asset to our Teaching & Learning across the Curriculum this session."
About the performance
The performance is 50 minutes long.
Emma & Gill is a co-production between Catherine Wheels and Lung Ha theatre companies. Catherine Wheels creates work for children & young people, and Lung Ha Theatre Company is the leading theatre company for people with learning disabilities in Scotland.
Curriculum for Excellence Resources
Participation in arts education projects such as this helps schools to deliver the Curriculum for Excellence by encouraging, supporting and developing cross-curricular learning. The arts in general and drama in particular can encourage children and young people to express their own ideas, beliefs and values through creative work and can help them to develop their capacities as confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
Resources for Emma & Gill are coming soon.
ABOUT THE COMPAnies
Catherine Wheels Theatre Company is Scotland’s most celebrated producer of work for children and young people, with 29 inspirational and original productions presented in 23 countries since it was formed in 1999.
Catherine Wheels is also Scotland’s most well-travelled theatre company touring nationally and internationally taking productions to theatres, festivals and schools in communities and cities across Scotland and around the world. Whether performing at home or abroad, the company is delighted to create and share its imaginative and inspirational stories with young people wherever they are.
Catherine Wheels are committed to bringing engaging work to as wide an audience as possible and each year take one show on an extensive tour of Scottish schools.
Lung Ha Theatre Company began its life in October 1984. A sixty strong team of performers with a learning disability, under the direction of Richard Vallis and Pete Clerke, created and performed their own version of the fabled ‘Monkey’ stories. The production was hugely successful, and a new company, and vitally importanttheatrical voice was launched onto the Scottish stage.
Since then the company has worked with over three hundred performers with a learning disability, creating over forty-five original productions. The company and has also worked with some of the leading artists and creative organisations from across Scotland and further afield, as well as touring internationally to England, France, Ireland, Poland, Sweden and Finland. Lung Ha Theatre Company has now become firmly embedded as part of the cultural output of Scotland, and has evenbeen recognised at the 'Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland' as co-recipient, together with Grid Iron Theatre Company, of the 2009-10 Award in the category of Best Ensemble for the production of Huxley’s Lab.
Director/Creator: Maria Oller
Creator/Performer: Emma McCaffrey
Creator/Performer: Gill Robertson
Text: James Ley
Designer: Karen Tennent
Sound Designer: Danny Krass
Movement Director: Michael Sherin
Interview with Maria
Interview with Emma
Interview with Gill