Walker Talk is a year long project funded by the Sunday for Sammy Trust. A team of artists from Curious Monkey are working with pupils and teachers at Walker Technology College to create a brand new piece of theatre. We are working with 40 young people across a range of artistic disciplines including writing, performing, set design, music, stage management and media/filmmaking.
In December 2016 the group visited Northern Stage to see James and the Giant Peach. This term we’ll be visiting the Tyne Theatre and Opera House to for a backstage tour to learn about all elements of theatre making including the impressive historical stage machinery, being on stage and working behind the scenes. The group will see how the aspects of theatre they are learning about through the project relate to a working theatre venue.
The final production, performed by a mixed cast of pupils with 2 professional actors, will be held at Walker Technology College in May 2017, for the school’s students, their families and the local community.
Positive, creative participatory activity is vital for the rounded development of young people; not only to improve confidence and communication, but also to help young people discover skills and talents; and broaden their minds to their own potential and options for the future. By offering opportunities in all aspects of theatre making, this project will allow everyone (including those not wanting to perform), the chance to engage and be part of a team, work towards a tangible goal, make a positive contribution and learn transferrable skills on the way.
Meet the Team
Co-Directors Amy Golding and Toni McElhatton
Writer Lee Mattinson
Musical Director Niroshini Thambar
Set Designer Nina Scott
Assistant Director Kat Pierce