Storytelling shows, drama workshops & tailor-made arts projects for schools & communities. Creating shared experiences to inspire & empower young people.

ABOUT US

Join the Dots was formed in 2012 and is run by joint artistic directors Holly Meechan and Emily Jane Grant who between them have a wealth of experience working with children and young people from all backgrounds in the UK, Europe and Asia. We use drama exercises and performance to explore a particular curriculum subject, topic or theme. From a one hour one-off workshop to a term long course, we can tailor make it to fit around your schedule and supporting activities.

We do not believe that one size fits all. While we offer an ever-growing repertoire of ready-made work, we pride ourselves on adapting or tailor-making our workshops to fit around you, your time-scale, budget and audience. So please read through our past projects to obtain a flavour of what we do and get in touch to discuss your ideas and ask for a quote.

DRAMA WORKSHOPS:

Meet the Greeks: Put on your sandals and come and meet the Greeks! Students explore the ancient Greek world though extended role-play. Whether they are sculptors, architects, Spartans, athletes or slaves, they must use their knowledge to teach their peers. Originally designed as an hour and a half workshop for year 6 providing a comprehensive overview of the topic.

Roald Dahl poetry workshop: In this interactive workshop designed for upper KS2 students the participants examine Dahl’s weird and wonderful language, create their own words and use Dahl’s storytelling techniques to distort and devise their own original fairy tales using language, voice and drama games. The workshop culminates in a presentation to peers. This workshop provides excellent links to literacy as well as developing speaking and listening skills.

Theatre through the ages: Embark upon an exciting journey investigating how theatre began and how it has developed over time, exploring prominent theatrical periods in history and picking up important performance skills along the way.

1 – ORIGINS OF THEATRE – EARLY RITUAL PERFORMANCE

2 – ANCIENT GREECE – THE BIRTH OF THEATRE AS WE KNOW IT

3 – MASK & COMEDY – BODY AS EXPRESSION

4 – MUSICAL THEATRE – CHARACTER, SONG & MOVEMENT

5 – PUTTING SKILLS INTO ACTION – A SHARING OF THE WORK

Originally designed as a 5 stage course for year 6 students, this scheme of work can be adapted for differing age groups or time scales. Each session can be delivered as an individual drama workshop as well as in a series leading towards a presentation sharing their discoveries.

STORYTELLING SHOWS

The Grumpy Queen: The Grumpy Queen was so grumpy that she made everyone around her miserable. One day however, thanks to the children in the palace, she finds something to change her mood forever. Originally created to support the launch of the F.R.E.D programme this fun story promotes the joy of reading, as well as teaching children to look on the brighter side of life! For EYFS and Year 1 children. 30mins.

The Enormous Crocodile: Meet a selection of animals in the African jungle that team up with the audience to expel a nasty hungry crocodile who seems determined to do something very nasty. This storytelling was originally conceived for a book week project and includes original music and extracts from Roald Dahl’s song and verse. For EYFS and KS1 children. 30mins.

The Twits: Track the terrible behaviour of the trickster Twits and the heroic deeds of the animals that live with them. It’s certainly time to give these two a taste of their own medicine in this hilarious interactive retelling of the famous tale. For upper KS1 and lower KS2 children. 45mins. Revolting Rhymes: I guess you think you know these stories. You don’t, the real ones are much more gory! An imaginative retelling of three of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes: Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks. This fun show provides an exemplary pre curser to performance work or creative writing. For KS2 Children. 45mins.

The Three Cajun Pigs: A lively retelling of the classic tale set in South Louisiana with rhyme, song and dancing. With plenty of chance for participation, the audience will help the three sibling pigs teach the cheeky alligator a lesson! For EYFS & KS1 Children. 30 mins

What If: Join the storytellers on a madcap journey, pulling apart the famous tale of The Three little pigs, exploring the endless possibilities for the characters and plot. The audience will discover how to build and tell stories whilst a brand new one is created in front of them. For KS2 Children. 50mins

La Sorcière de la rue Mouffetard: Madame, vous qui êtes vieille et laide, vous deviendrez jeune et jolie ! Meet a witch who will do anything within her power to achieve eternal beauty. Will her evil plans work or will she get her comeuppance? This interactive storytelling is fully immersive, using only French. It develops cultural as well as linguistic awareness with physical play and visual clues. For KS1 and KS2 children. 30mins.

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