Flipside - with Make Sense Theatre & Rabble Theatre

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Theatre for children at risk of exclusion/missing education

The first strand of this project is a partnership between Make/Sense Theatre and RABBLE Theatre who will provide a creative alternative provision for SEN/SEMH children and young people experiencing problems with their school’s mainstream curriculum offer or who have already been excluded and may be attending a Pupil Referral Unit. They will be running this exciting new creative programme for primary and secondary school students from KS2-KS4 every Tuesday from January until July.

Experts in their field, Make/Sense Theatre and RABBLE Theatre have specialist, highly experienced staff who will work with children and young people referred to this Drama programme using a trauma-informed approach.  This safe and engaging environment will allow the participants to not only explore drama, but wider theatre making skills such as writing, puppetry, movement, and stage management with an aim to develop self-regulation skills, restore confidence and trust, and ultimately re-engage in their learning. Primary school children will work towards a Discover Arts Award and young people from Secondary school will work towards a Bronze Level 1 Arts Award - a flexible qualification that explores not just arts but leadership and career skills.

  • Only primary school students attending Whitley Park are eligible to attend the primary sessions
  • Secondary school students (from any school) will be separated into two groups: eight places for Years 7 and 8, and eight places for ages Years 9-11
  • Referrals for young people who might benefit from this programme are being accepted until the end of term. This will be followed by meeting with the student and their parent and/or referrer to ensure the referral meets our criteria.
  • Schools will be asked to contribute to the cost of this intensive programme, up to £20 per student per session

Referrals will be accepted from any professional or parent. Email Gemma@rabbletheatre.com or Karen@makesensetheatre.com for a referral form

Every Tuesday OR Thursday AM from January to July 2023

Southcote Community Centre, RG30 3BA

£50 per weekly morning session (this includes all costs for the qualification)

Own transport required

Please email karen@makesensetheatre.com 
Limited places available

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Who to contact


Where to go

Southcote Community Centre
RG30 3BA
Directions to RG30 3BA

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Every Tuesday OR Thursday AM from January to July 2023
Time of day


£50 per weekly morning session (this includes all costs for the qualification)


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